COVID-safe capacity updates by state


Planning an event? Check out the latest COVID-safe restrictions and capacity limit updates.

New South Wales

While NSW is no longer under lockdown, different rules apply for people who are fully vaccinated and those who aren’t or have a medical exemption.

Premises can have no more than one person per four square metres indoors and one person per two square metres outdoors. Some caps apply.

To enter into entertainment facilities and venues, you must carry with you proof of vaccination, check in via the Service NSW app, and follow mask mandates.

From 1 December, restrictions are expected to ease further, with most venues moving to a density limit of one person per two square metres, and no caps for ticketed and seated outdoor public gatherings. COVID-19 Safety Plans will be required for events where there are more than 1,000 attendees.


Regional Victoria and Metropolitan Melbourne are now under the same rules.

Restrictions will ease in the following entertainment and events settings if everyone in attendance is fully vaccinated.

– Non-seated indoor entertainment venues: One person per four square metres
– Seated indoor entertainment: Up to 75 per cent capacity is allowed or up to 1,000 people if there’s no more than one person per four square metres.
– Outdoor non-seated entertainment: Up to 5,000 people if there’s no more than one person per two square metres. Indoor spaces can have no more than one person per four square metres.
– Events and music festivals where everyone is vaccinated: Up to 5,000 patrons are allowed, subject to any restrictions related to the venue. Larger events can apply for an exemption through Public Events Framework.

Restrictions are expected to ease again once Victoria reaches its 90 percent fully vaccinated target, which is expected to occur on or after 24 November 2021. From this time, there will be no caps or density limits at events if everyone’s fully vaccinated — subject to COVID Safe measures.

State-significant venues hosting major events will need to submit a one-off venue COVID Safe plan. Capacity limits may apply, depending on the level of vaccination at the event.

Australian Capital Territory

The ACT is no longer in lockdown, however, some restrictions remain.

Events, conferences and conventions can have up to 25 people or one person per four square metres — whichever is less (excluding staff). Venues can apply to have one person per four square metres indoors and one person per two square metres, or up to 300 people, outdoors. Patrons must remain seated while eating and drinking.

Stadiums can open with ticketed seating at 75 per cent capacity, or one person per four square metres unfixed seating indoors and one person per two square metres unfixed seating outdoors.

South Australia

SA is currently under Level 1 restrictions.

Capacity is limited to three people per four square metres for seated activities, and one person per two square metres for non-seated activities.

Events of more than 1,000 people must have a COVID Management Plan and people must be outdoors. Venues must have COVID marshals and contact tracing in place.

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