February 18, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

The ACT Government has announced it will drop its one-per-two-square metre density limit for hospitality and event venues from 6pm this evening, with caps on event capacity to be removed next week.

From this evening, the territory government is also rescinding restrictions around singing and dancing indoors and eating and drinking standing up as well as removing the requirement for events to be fully ticketed or pre-registered.

From next Friday, events with over 2,000 attendees will no longer be required to apply for an exemption to take place, although events with over 5,000 people will still be required to submit their COVID safety plans to ACT Health for review.

The government has also flagged that the rules around masks will change from next Friday, with further information to be provided next week.

Like NSW, Canberra is also removing the work from home directive put in place following the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Like NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, ACT’s Chief Minister Andrew Barr flagged things could change in winter, when another COVID wave is expected.

“Our case numbers have steadied, and we are cautiously optimistic about the autumn period.

“While we recognise the situation could change if a new variant of concern emerges or there is a surge in cases, this step is designed to minimise the disruption of COVID-19 on our local businesses when it is safe to do so,” he said.

“The winter months will present increased risks, and the ACT Government will join national efforts to prepare for a period where our health system may come under significant strain.”

The move from Canberra follows announcements from the NSW and Victorian governments yesterday which sees density limits dropped in both states today.

The ACT will also reduce the quarantine requirement for unvaccinated international arrivals from 14 to seven days from Tuesday.