Easing of Restrictions for ACT

Easing of Restrictions for ACT

The information on this page relates to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for ACT. It will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Useful Links:

ACT Government website – COVID-19

ACT ‘Create a COVID Safe Plan’ online form

ACT COVID Safety Plan Guidelines

Canberra’s Recovery Plan

ACT Economic Survival Package


Last updated: 23 June 2020

Current Restrictions in ACT

From 12 noon on Friday 19 June 2020

  • Communal facilities (such as changerooms) can open if a risk assessment has been done and a strict cleaning regime is put in place. This should be outlined in the COVID Safety Plan.
  • Canteens can operate, however, physical distancing must be encouraged.

What can’t I do?

  • Do not allow gatherings to take place in communal areas.

What are my responsibilities?

  • 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.
  • 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.


Stage 2 began at 11:59pm on May 29.


All operating businesses must have a COVID Safety Plan.

Businesses may be asked to produce their COVID Safety plan on request by an authorised officer.

Gyms and bootcamp operators are required to ask for a first name and contact phone number of all individuals in attendance.

If the individual provides the details, you must keep a record of the details along with a date and time at which the person attended, to assist with contract tracing efforts, if required.

For more information about this, download the factsheet about collecting and storing customer information.

There will be a 20 patron per enclosed space (excluding instructors and staff) limit, noting that the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies.

This means that in some enclosed spaces, fewer than 20 patrons will be allowed.

Staff need to manage ingress and egress.

This means ensuring that proprietors and employees manage the flow of people in and out of the venue, with a particular focus on ensuring people do not gather or mill at entries and exits, and that people can remain sufficiently far apart from one another when entering and exiting the venue.

The following further specifications apply:

  • one-on-one personal training is permitted, with equipment to be cleaned during and after use
  • small group supervised sessions/classes with individual equipment are permitted
  • circuit sessions are not permitted given they involve sharing of equipment
  • there should be no unsupervised cardio or free weight training or use of other fitness equipment
  • physical distancing requirements must be maintained (keeping 1.5m apart)
  • communal facilities, such as changerooms and showers, are to remain closed with the exception of toilets only. Where toilets, showers and changerooms are co-located, showers and changerooms should be cordoned off or locked if possible, with clear signage advising patrons of their closure required at a minimum.

Case study: How restrictions apply to licenced gyms