Real estate auction, display homes and open house inspections

Step 3.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan came into effect at 9am Friday 9 October 2020. To find out more check the Business and Work page.

What can I do?

From 9am on Friday 9 October 2020:

Venue capacity

  • All venues can have 25 people (excluding staff) across the entire venue; OR
  • If venues want to have more than 25 people, venues can use the sum of:
    • one person per four square metres of usable space for each indoor space (up to a maximum of 200 people); and
    • one person per two square metres of usable space for each outdoor space (up to a maximum of 200 people)
  • Businesses must not exceed the capacity limit that applies under standard liquor or fire occupancy loading and regulatory conditions of the venue.
  • Maximum capacity excludes staff.
  • No modifications can be made to venues.
  • Usable space is defined as the space people can freely move around in, but not including:
    • stages and similar areas
    • restrooms, changerooms and similar areas
    • areas occupied by fixtures, fittings, and displays
    • staff only areas and areas that are closed off or not being used.
  • Businesses, venues and facilities that are required to collect information for contact tracing are strongly encouraged to use an electronic method to collect information. The free Check In CBR app is available to fulfill this requirement.

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. Electronic recording of these details is preferred. 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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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: October 09 2020