Real estate auction, display homes and open house inspections

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:

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

  • Congregate in large groups at open homes and auctions.
  • A person who owns, controls or operates a non-essential business or undertaking under the Public Health Direction must not temporarily divide any usable indoor space or usable outdoor space for the purposes of calculating usable space.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Hosts of real estate auctions, display homes and open house inspections must have a COVID Safety Plan.
  • Hosts must clearly display occupancy allowance at the entrance to each premise.
  • Hosts are required to ask all attendees for their first name and phone number and record it along with the date and time they attended the house or auction. Details should be securely destroyed after 28 days. Consider using the free Check In CBR app for a safe and easy way to capture these details.
  • Hosts should ensure people don't congregate in large groups at an open home or auction.
  • Hosts should carefully manage the entry, exit and flow of people through the house.
  • Hosts should ensure high touch areas are regularly cleaned.
  • Clients should maintain physical distancing of 1.5m from each other.

What are the community responsibilities?

  • Attendees should ensure they observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres where not from the same household.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • Maintain personal hygiene, including regular hand washing.
  • 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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Last Updated: September 18 2020