Community Sport and Swimming Pools

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 sporting activities and swimming pools can have:
    • Enclosed outdoor venues with permanent tiered seating and grandstands can have up to 50% capacity, up to 1,000 people with an appropriate COVID Safe Plan in place. These events must be ticketed and spectators to remain seated.
    • GIO Stadium and Manuka Oval can have crowds up to 50% capacity with an appropriate COVID Safe Plan in place. These events must be ticketed and spectators to remain seated.
  • Indoor – one person per four square metres of usable space for each indoor space (up to a maximum of 200 people - includes participants and spectators, but excludes staff and officials);
  • Outdoor – one person per two square metres of usable space for each outdoor space (up to a maximum of 200 people - includes participants and spectators, but excludes staff and officials).

Notes on options above:

  • 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 in the Public Health Direction as the space that people can freely move around in, but not including the following areas:
    • stages and similar areas,
    • restrooms, change rooms and similar areas,
    • areas occupied by fixtures, fittings, and displays, and
    • staff only areas and areas that are closed off or not being used.
  • Record first name and phone number of all attendees. Consider using the Check In CBR App, which is free and easing for businesses to use.

What can’t I do?

  • Do not allow gatherings to take place in communal areas.
  • Spectators must be seated, where seating is available. Otherwise, they must observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres where not from the same household.
  • 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?

  • All sporting organisations, clubs and venues must have a Return to Play in a COVID Safe Environment plan or a COVID Safety Plan (whichever is relevant).
  • Facilities must clearly display occupancy allowance at the entrance to the venue as well as display additional signs with area occupancy for separate individual spaces.
  • Sport or venue must have a Return to Play in a COVID Safe Environment plan, or a COVID Safety Plan (whichever is relevant).
  • Limit the sharing of equipment as much as possible, and as a minimum clean between each use.
  • Put a process in place to ensure that shared equipment is appropriately cleaned between each use.
  • Ensure facilities (for example canteens and change rooms) are only opened with appropriate physical distancing and cleaning procedures in place.
  • Facilities need to manage the number of people in a swimming pool at any one time.
  • Where lane swimming, people should reduce contact with other swimmers either in or near their lane and particularly at the end of each lane.
  • For larger team sports, consider maintaining smaller separate groups at training.
  • Maintain a minimum number of officials and coaches.
  • Avoid gatherings taking place in communal areas and patrons are encouraged to leave straight after play.

What are the community responsibilities?

  • The public should continue to abide by the “get in, train, get out” principal and not gather in communal areas before or after training.
  • Reduce contact with other swimmers, particularly if you are sharing lanes.
  • Ensure you properly clean equipment between each use.
  • 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