Summary of key changes

Step 2.2 restrictions are currently in place. Some small exceptions have been made which came into effect at 12 noon on Friday 17 July 2020.

Information on proposed Stage 3 restrictions can be found in the Stage 3 restriction easing section below. These will only come into effect following a successful check point in line with Canberra’s Recovery Plan.

The following restrictions are currently in place:

  • There is no limit on household visitation.
  • All public gatherings (except for the hospitality sector) will be set at one person per 4 square metres for each indoor and outdoor space, up to a maximum of 100 people (including staff, trainers and spectators).
  • For the hospitality sector (caf├ęs, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs) gatherings will be set at 100 patrons for each indoor or outdoor space, or one person per 4 square metres, whichever is lesser. This limit excludes staff.
  • All hospitality venues and licensed premises must prominently display the maximum number of patrons allowed in the venue under COVID restrictions.
  • Bars, pubs, and clubs will be able to serve patrons alcohol in groups of up to 10 patrons per booking or table without serving a meal. Patrons are to be seated.
  • The following are open, observing the one per 4 square metre rule for up to 100 people (including staff) per indoor or outdoor space:
    • Cinemas and movie theatres
    • Open air drive-in cinemas (max. 100 vehicles)
    • Indoor amusement centres, arcades, outdoor and indoor play centres
    • Betting agencies
    • Gyms, health clubs, fitness or wellness centres, yoga, barre, pilates and spin facilities, boot camps and personal training
    • Swimming pools - there is no limit on the number of swimmers per lane. Competition and squad swimming can recommence in line with maximum gatherings for swimming pools.
    • Community sport and organised sporting activities. This includes full-contact sporting competition, dance and martial arts (with Return to Play in a COVID Safe Environment plan or a COVID Safety Plan).
    • Outdoor amusements and attractions
    • Choirs, bands and orchestras
    • Weddings and funerals
    • Personal services (beauty and nail salons, tattoo and body modification, tanning, waxing, spa and massage parlours)
    • Community and youth centres
    • Caravan parks, campgrounds and camp sites; and
    • Places of worship and religious ceremonies.
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites and libraries to allow for:
    • One person per 4 square metres throughout the venue
    • Organised tour groups of up to 20 people (excluding staff).

For further information on the current restrictions visit the Groups and gatherings page.

Stage 3 Restriction easing (pending successful check point)

In line with Stage 3 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan, the following changes to COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT will be implemented once a successful check point assessment is completed.

  • All venues, facilities and businesses can have gatherings of up to 25 people, or one person per 4 square metres of usable space – whichever is greater. This excludes any staff on premises.
  • The limit on the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings is 250 people, unless stated otherwise within the Direction.
  • For sporting and entertainment venues with tiered patron seating, there should be no more than 25% of total seating capacity.
  • Professional events are to be ticketed, and spectators to be seated.
  • Bar, pubs and clubs are able to serve alcohol to seated patrons, with no limit on sizes for group bookings.
  • Nightclubs can open and operate as bars, however at this stage dancing is not allowed.
  • Full-contact sport, dance and martial arts competitions are allowed.
  • When gyms, health clubs and fitness facilities are unstaffed, a maximum of 25 patrons are permitted to be in the venue at any one time.
  • All venues, facilities and businesses are to clearly display occupancy allowance at entrance to each venue or space. Where relevant, specific business categories are required to develop and follow a COVID Safety Plan.
  • Large outdoor gatherings which are not ticketed or seated (such as music festivals) continue to be restricted.

The following will be able to open:

  • Food courts (dine-in)
  • Casinos, gaming and gambling venues
  • Nightclubs (operating as bars)
  • Steam-based services including saunas, steam rooms, steam cabinets and bathhouses
  • Strip clubs, brothels, escort agencies.
  • Conference and Convention Venues

Further ease of measures for:

  • Bars, pubs and clubs
  • Gyms, health clubs and fitness facilities
  • Community sport and organised sporting activities
  • Swimming pools
  • Outdoor amusements and attractions
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions or historic sites
  • Choirs bands and orchestras
  • Dance classes
  • Concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums or outdoor venues
  • Cinemas, movie theatres and open air drive-in cinemas
  • Indoor Amusement Centres, Arcades, and Outdoor or Indoor Play Centres
  • Personal services (beauty and nail salons, tattoo and body modification, tanning, waxing, spa and massage parlours)
  • Places of worship and religious ceremonies
  • Weddings and funerals
  • Community centre, facility or youth centre
  • Auction houses
  • Real estate auction, display homes, open house inspections
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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: July 29 2020