Community and Outdoor Facilities and Libraries

Current restrictions in force as part of Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan are outlined in the page below.

A minor change to capacity numbers for smaller sized venues, facilities and businesses is scheduled to come into effect at 9am Friday 18 September, pending a successful COVID Safe Check point on Thursday 17 September. To find out more check the Summary of key changes page.

Hints on how to prepare your business, venue or facility for this change is available in our How to manage patron numbers under 25 person rule fact sheet..

What can I do?

From 9am on Friday 18 September 2020:

  • For outdoor facilities, including skate parks, dog parks and campgrounds the current arrangements of one person per 4 square metres of usable space applies, up to a maximum of 100 people in each indoor space and each outdoor space (excluding staff).
  • Hiking and recreational activities in national parks and reserves continue to be permitted. Good hygiene and physical distancing must be practised.

    All venues, facilities and businesses can have a maximum of 25 people (excluding staff) across the whole venue.  Venues must still abide by their standard occupancy loading and regulatory conditions of the venue.

  • Venues, facilitates and businesses that want to have more than 25 people in their venue must apply the ‘one person per 4 square metres of usable space’ rule.  The maximum number of patrons permitted is 100 for each indoor space and each outdoor space.  No modifications can be made to venues.

What can’t I do?

  • For more information about what campsites and camping grounds are open, or for those closed to allow for ongoing bushfire  recovery efforts in the ACT go to the ACT Government Environment website.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Venues must have a COVID Safety Plan.
  • Venues must clearly display occupancy allowance at the entrance to the venue.
  • Caravan parks, camping grounds and campsites should increase the cleaning frequency of high-touch areas, communal and restroom facilities.
  • The entry, exit and flow of people through a premises should carefully managed.
  • Caravan parks, camping grounds and campsites will need frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection of shared areas.
  • Organisations using community facilities will need to comply with the relevant restrictions for their organisation or activity. For example, dance companies will need to adhere to restrictions for dance, and sporting teams will need to adhere to restrictions on community sport.
  • Libraries need a COVID Safety Plan.

What are the community responsibilities?

  • Avoid gathering in communal areas and avoid places that look overcrowded.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Maintain personal hygiene, including regular hand washing.
  • Take any rubbish with you.
  • Stay home if unwell.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Download the Check In CBR app and sign into participating Canberra venues you visit.

What does the public need to know?

  • Continue to practise good hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Ensure you provide your first name and contact number to any businesses that are required to ask for contact tracing purposes. Download the Check In CBR app to use at participating venues across Canberra.
  • Be sensible when you have people over at your residence and have your own control measures in place. Know who is there and at what times, download the COVIDSafe app, join Flu Tracker and participate in important YourSay Community Panel engagements and health surveys that will help the ACT respond the best that it can.
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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: September 18 2020