Summary of key changes

Step 3.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan came into effect at 9am on Friday 9 October 2020.

Top level summary of changes

  • All gatherings can increase to 200 people, where one person per four square metres can be maintained in indoor spaces and one person per two square metres for outdoor spaces.
  • Medium-sized hospitality venues with total usable space between 101 and 200 square metres can have 50 people throughout the venue (excluding staff). If they wish to have more than 50 people they can calculate their capacity based on the one per four square metres of usable indoor space and one per two square metres of outdoor space rule.
  • Large indoor seated venues (for example, Canberra Theatre and Llewellyn Hall) can have ticketed events of no more than 50% capacity, up to 1,000 people, provided they have a COVID Safe Plan for each specific event.
  • Cinemas and movie theatres can sell up to 50% capacity of each theatre, up to 200 people.
  • Enclosed outdoor venues with permanent tiered seating and grandstands can have no more than 50% capacity, up to 1,000 people, provided they have a COVID Safe Plan for each event.
  • GIO Stadium and Manuka Oval can have no more than 50% capacity with an appropriate COVID Safe Plan in place for each event.
  • 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 stays the same

All previous requirements under Step 3.1 remain in place, in particular:

  • No limit on household visits.
  • All venues, facilities and businesses must clearly display occupancy allowance at the entrance to the venue and each individual usable space, where separate spaces exist.
  • Venues, facilities and businesses must develop and follow a COVID Safety Plan.
  • Where relevant, specific business categories are required to request and keep contact information from patrons and visitors. Electronic collection is preferred. The free Check In CBR app is available to fulfill this requirement.

For further industry-specific information on restrictions currently in effect, refer to the Business and Work section.

We all need to continue to be responsible

The requirements under the Public Health Directions are not just the responsibility of businesses – they extend to all Canberrans.

We must all be sensible when having people in our homes and put in place our own control measures. This includes knowing who is there and at what times, and downloading the COVIDSafe app.

Importantly, we must maintain our best lines of defence against the disease by physically distancing, practising good hand and respiratory hygiene, staying home if unwell and getting tested if you have symptoms.

These principles have not changed and are the best way to keep our community safe and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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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 16 2020