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Sport and recreation – Australian Capital Territory

Updated on 6 March 2020, at 13:45 AET

The following restrictions apply to sports, pools, gyms bootcamps and personal training.

  • A venue can have more than 25 people if the venue has no more than 1 person per 2 square metres in each usable space, either indoors or outdoors.
  • Venues need an exemption to hold more than 500 people. Exemptions are granted for up to 8,000 people.

These limits exclude staff and officials.

Usable space is that which people can freely move around in, but it doesn’t include:

  • stages or similar spaces
  • restrooms, changerooms and similar areas
  • areas with fixtures, fittings, and displays
  • staff-only, closed-off and unused areas

Businesses can’t alter spaces to fit these requirements.

Communal facilities such as changerooms can open, subject to a risk assessment and thorough cleaning. Canteens can also open if they display physical-distancing requirements and people don’t mingle.

Sporting organisations, clubs and venues must have a Return to Play in a COVID Safe Environment plan or COVID Safety plan — depending on which one applies. They must display prominently their occupancy limits at the entrance to their venues.

Avoid gathering in communal areas at any sport or recreational venue and spectators must be seated if there’s seating. You must practise physical distancing around people you don’t live with.

Mandatory Check In CBR

All businesses, venues and facilities that are restricted under the public health directions must register for and use the free Check In CBR app to collect the contact details of patrons aged 16 years or older.

To register your business, please visit and click on ‘Check In CBR app’.

Businesses that don’t register for Check In CBR will no longer meet the public health direction and penalties may apply.

You can download the app from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

For more information on restrictions in the ACT, visit and go to ‘What you can and can’t do’. You can also call the COVID-19 helpline for Canberrans on (02) 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.

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