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 February 2021

Current Restrictions in ACT

Checked 22 Feb 2021 – correct for the latest easing of restrictions under Canberra’s Recovery Plan: Easing of Restrictions.

This information covers gyms, health clubs, fitness or wellness centres, yoga, barre, pilates, spin facilities, boot camps and personal training. A venue includes any outdoors place where training takes place.

For more information:
https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/business-and-work/gyms,-bootcamps-and-personal-training

  • Each venue can have 25 people across the entire venue.
  • If a venue wants to have more than 25 people, it can have one person per two square metres of usable space in each indoor and outdoor space.
  • Businesses and venues must be registered for and using the Check In CBR app. If clients don’t have the Check In CBR app, use the business profile mode to check them in.
    • Businesses and venues must take all reasonable steps to require patrons to check in before entering the premises.
    • All patrons 16 years and older must check in. Children less than 16 years old attending with their family don’t need to check in, but parents and caregivers should be encouraged to check them in.
    • If patrons don’t have the app, they must provide their details to the venue so they can check the patron in.
  • There is no capacity limit for each space.

Notes on options above

  • This capacity excludes staff and other personnel.
  • Do not exceed the capacity limit that applies under standard liquor or fire occupancy loading and regulatory conditions of the venue.
  • Usable space is defined as the space people can freely move around in. It does not include:
    • restrooms, changerooms and similar areas
    • areas occupied by fixtures, fittings, and displays
    • stages and similar areas
    • staff-only areas and areas that are closed off or not being used.
  • An indoor space means an area, room or premises that is, or are, substantially enclosed by a roof and have floor to ceiling walls of solid construction.

What Businesses Need to Do:

  • Have a COVID Safety Plan
  • Register for and use the Check In CBR app
    • Businesses and venues must be registered for and using the Check In CBR app
    • Businesses and venues must take all reasonable steps to require patrons to check in before entering the premises.
    • All patrons 16 years and older must check in. Children less than 16 years old attending with their family don’t need to check in, but parents and caregivers should be encouraged to check them in.
    • If patrons don’t have the app, they must provide their details to the venue so they can check the patron in.
    • For more information, visit the Check In CBR information for businesses page.
  • Put up signs
    • Display a sign at the entrance saying how many people can be on the premises.
    • Place signs at the entry to each usable space saying how many people can be in that space, including changerooms in gym facilities.
    • Display messaging for patrons to stay home if unwell.
    • Find the signage that best suits your venue/event at our Business resources page.
  • Manage the crowd
    • Manage the flow of people to promote physical distancing, particularly where people enter and leave the facility.
    • Encourage patrons to keep 1.5 metres away from other people/groups they do not know.
    • Encourage patrons to leave the facility quickly after their training finishes.
    • Discourage gatherings in communal spaces.
  • Keep activities COVID safe
    • Space fitness equipment 1.5 metres apart. If this is not possible, disable machines less than 1.5 metres apart.
    • Limit sharing of equipment within sessions or classes. Clean any shared equipment during the session.
    • Avoid using equipment that is difficult to clean, such as ropes, in favour of easily cleaned equipment, such as kettlebells.
    • Clean shared equipment between each use. Staff or patrons can clean the equipment.
    • During unstaffed hours implement a formalised process to clean shared equipment. Document this process in the COVID Safety Plan and display it clearly throughout the facility.
    • Open communal facilities (such as changerooms) after doing a risk assessment and implementing a strict cleaning regimen. Document this in the COVID safety plan.
  • Keep COVID safe
    • Follow your COVID Safety Plan.
    • Clean high-touch areas and objects frequently. Download the WorkSafe cleaning checklist for more information.
    • Encourage physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people and groups that don’t know each other.
    • Ask staff and patrons to stay at home if they are feeling unwell.

 

Previously:

09 October 2020

The ACT has moved to Step 3.2 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan, as of 9am Friday 9 October.

This move has enacted a number of changes to COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT. These are:

  • Outdoor spaces can now support a density of one person per two square metres (indoor spaces remain at one per four square metres).
  • All gatherings can increase to 200 people, where one person per four square metres of usable space can be maintained in indoor spaces, and one person per two square metres of usable space in 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.

These settings will be in place for four weeks while the Chief Health Officer assesses their impact on the ACT’s COVID-19 situation. The next COVID Safe Checkpoint will be conducted on 6 November 2020.

The changes coming into effect with Step 3.2 are underpinned by the following public health principles:

  • There is considerable evidence that outdoor spaces present a lower risk of transmission of COVID-19 compared to indoor spaces.
  • Seated and ticketed events, where movement and face to face interactions are limited, can support increased gathering numbers.
  • A continuing increase in uptake by business and undertakings of electronic recording of contact details to better assist in contact tracing.
  • Businesses, venues, facilities, and events having well established COVID Safety Plans in place, which address how they manage physical distancing, crowd control, cleaning and hygiene requirements.

We are now strongly recommending that businesses, venues and facilities that are required to ask for customer details for contact tracing purposes use an electronic method to collect this information. The free Check In CBR app is available to fulfil this requirement.

 

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.

 

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