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: 28 September 2020

Current Restrictions in ACT

From 9am on Friday 18 September 2020:

  • All venues, facilities and businesses can have a maximum of 25 people (excluding staff) across the whole venue regardless of their size. Venues must still abide by their standard occupancy loading and regulatory conditions of the venue. Find out more in the How to manage patron numbers under 25 person rule fact sheet.
  • Venues or businesses that want to have more than 25 people in their venue must apply the ‘one person per 4 square metres of usable space’ rule.  The maximum number of patrons permitted is 100 for each indoor space and each outdoor space.  No modifications can be made to venues.
  • Steam-based services such as saunas and steam rooms can continue to be able to open.
  • 24-hour gym facilities, can continue to operate without staff.  When unstaffed, a maximum of 25 people are permitted to be in the facility at any one time.
  • Communal facilities (such as changerooms) can remain 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.

What can’t I do?

  • Gatherings in communal areas are discouraged.
  • 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?

  • Facilities must have a COVID Safety Plan.
  • Facilities must clearly display occupancy allowance at the entrance to the venue.  Gyms that provide unstaffed services must display two occupancy signs.  One during staffed hours, and then a sign advising occupancy is a maximum of 25 patrons during unstaffed periods.
  • Venues are required to ask all patrons for their first name and phone number and record it along with the date and time they attended the venue. Details should be securely destroyed after 28 days. Consider using the free Check In CBR app for a safe and easy way to capture these details.
  • Facilities should carefully manage the entry, exit and flow of visitors through their premises.
  • Patrons should be encouraged to leave the facility quickly following their training session.
  • Facilities should increase the cleaning frequency of high touch areas and restrooms.
  • Limit sharing of equipment within sessions or classes.
  • Put a process in place to ensure that shared equipment is appropriately cleaned between each use. Cleaning can be done by staff or by patrons.
  • Facilities need to have a formalised process in place to ensure shared equipment is appropriated cleaned during unstaffed hours.  This should be documented in the COVID Safety Plan, and clearly displayed throughout the facility.
  • Ensure fitness equipment is spaced 1.5 metres apart. If this is not possible, disable machines less than 1.5 metres apart.

What are the community responsibilities?

  • The public should continue to abide by the “get in, train, get out” principle and not gather in communal areas before or after training.
  • Reduce contact with other people, particularly if you are in a class and try to main physical distancing of 1.5 metres from other people.
  • Ensure equipment is properly cleaned before and after 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.

Previously:  Monday 10 August 2020 Stage 3, Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan includes some minor changes to the last update (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.
  • 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?

  • Facilities must have a COVID Safety Plan.
  • Facilities must clearly display occupancy allowance at the entrance to the venue .  Gyms who provide unstaffed services must display two occupancy signs.  One during staffed hours, and then a sign advising occupancy is a maximum of 25 patrons during unstaffed periods.
  • Facilities are required to ask all patrons for their first name and phone number and record it along with the date and time they attended the venue. Details can be securely destroyed after 28 days.
  • Facilities should carefully manage the entry, exit and flow of visitors through their premises.
  • Patrons should be encouraged to leave the facility quickly following their training session.
  • Facilities should increase the cleaning frequency of high touch areas and restrooms.
  • Limit sharing of equipment within sessions or classes.
  • Put a process in place to ensure that shared equipment is appropriately cleaned between each use. Cleaning can be done by staff or by patrons.
  • Facilities need to have a formalised process in place to ensure shared equipment is appropriated cleaned during unstaffed hours.  This should be documented in the COVID Safety Plan, and clearly displayed throughout the facility.
  • Ensure fitness equipment is spaced 1.5 metres apart. If this is not possible, disable machines less than 1.5 metres apart.

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

Maintain:

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