Australian Capital Territory
Canberra is in Stage 4 of its Recovery Plan Easing of Restrictions Roadmap.
COVID Nightclub & Live Music Restrictions
Nightclubs are now permitted to reopen and dancing is allowed.
The same conditions apply as licensed venues, which allow:
- the number of people on indoor dedicated dance areas to a maximum of 25, using one person per two square metres, if the Check-in CBR app is in use; or
- one person per four square metres, without the Check-in CBR app in use.
- If venues want to have more than 25 people across their venue, they can use one person per two square metres of usable space in indoor and outdoor spaces, provided they use the Check In CBR app.
- Businesses and venues not using the Check In CBR app can continue to have one person per four square metres of usable space in indoor spaces and one person per two square metres in outdoor spaces.
- Patrons to be seated while consuming alcohol in indoor spaces.
- Large indoor venues can have 65% capacity for ticketed and seated events, up to 1,500 people, but must have a COVID Safe Plan in place for each event.
Live music can be performed; however performers should try to maintain physical distancing requirements wherever possible. Singers should try to stand at least 2 metres away from other band members as well as audience members.
COVID Music Event/Festival Restrictions
- Large indoor performance venues (with forward-facing and tiered seating, such as theatres and arenas) can have events up to 65% capacity – up to 1,500 people – provided the events are ticketed and seated and a COVID Safety Plan is in place for each event.
- Enclosed outdoor venues with permanent tiered seating and grandstands can have up to 65% capacity – up to 1,500 people – provided events are ticketed and seated and a COVID Safety Plan is in place for each event.
- GIO Stadium and Manuka Oval can have up to 65% capacity provided events are ticketed and seated and a COVID Safety Plan is in place for each event.
- Patrons must be seated when consuming alcohol in indoor spaces but can stand while eating.
Events which involve gatherings of up to 500 people are currently allowed and do not need to seek exemptions, unless they do not comply with the Public Health Directions. However, events of over 200 people are required to submit their COVID Safe Event Plan to the Office of the Chief Health Officer.
Any Event with gatherings of over 500 people is considered ‘high risk’ (indoor or outdoor) and must develop a detailed COVID Safe Event Plan, as well as a Risk Management Plan for consideration by ACT Health.
For events over 1,000 people and multi day events, it must also be reviewed by an Event Assessment Committee.
Events which will be utilising the one person per 2 square metre density limit indoors, must use the Check in CBR app and this must be detailed in the COVID Safe Event Plan.
Where seated venues (i.e. stadiums) have the capacity to hold numbers significantly higher than 8,000 people, consideration will be given for events to have a maximum of 65% capacity across the venue.
Where spectators are seated in permanent tiered seating (i.e. theatre or grandstand), events are able to have a maximum of 65% capacity across the venue, up to a maximum of 1,500 tickets.
Events of over 8,000 people will not be considered at this stage (with the exception of events at stadiums).
Events of more than 500 people, which run over multiple days with the same attendees may be considered but organisers must demonstrate a solid understanding of the risks involved and outline risk mitigation measures. Communal camping is considered a very high risk and unlikely to gain approval.
A COVID Safe Plan is required for each event.
ACT Rehearsal Spaces/Recording Studios
Recording studios and rehearsal spaces can have 25 people across the entire space or if they want to have more than 25 people, they can use 1 person per 2 square metres of usable space in indoor and outdoor spaces, provided they use the Check In CBR app.
Recording studios and rehearsal spaces not using the Check In CBR app can continue to have 1 person per 4 square metres of usable space in indoor spaces and 1 person per 2 square metres in outdoor spaces.
You should check with your local space/studio to confirm any additional COVID restrictions that may be in place and if they have reopened for business.
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