The ACT Government will implement additional mandatory public health measures to help keep Canberrans safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to existing public health measures, from 12 noon, Saturday 8 January 2022 hospitality and licensed businesses (including cafes, bars and nightclubs, and indoor entertainment venues) must ensure that patrons are seated while eating and drinking, and dancing at these venues will not be permitted.
Nightclubs will be able to operate as bars within existing density limits. Dancing in these venues will not be permitted however.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said that with COVID-19 cases across the border growing rapidly, and the ACT experiencing more than a thousand new cases today, these measures are necessary to slow the spread of the virus.
“Mandatory face masks, density limits and other public health measures for businesses and indoor venues will also continue to slow down the spread of Covid-19.
Events will continue with ACT Health working closely with event organisers to ensure COVID safety plans are in place. However, Canberrans are also strongly advised to consider the size of their gatherings both in homes and outdoors and minimising the size of gatherings as much as possible.
If you can hold your gathering outdoors, then please do. If your gathering is indoors, consider how many guests you invite. Keeping these numbers low, along with practising COVID safe measures such as continuing to wear a mask, physical distancing and good hand hygiene, will help limit the spread of the virus.