COVIDSafe events by state, top 5 Christmas trends, and a sneak-peek into Merlin Entertainments


Thinking about holding an event? Check out our quick reference guide to what you can and can't do, by state, then get the inspiration flowing with end of year party trends and ideas.

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Thinking about holding an event? Check out our quick reference guide to what you can and can’t do, by state.

New South Wales

Having reached its 70 percent full vaccination target last week, NSW is today celebrating entering into the first stage of its Roadmap to Reopening.

Eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated (or medically exempt) to have group bookings of up to 20 people in hospitality settings, at one person per four square metres indoors and one person per two square metres outdoors.

Stadiums, theme parks, and racecourses can reopen for up to 5,000 people, or by exemption, while entertainment facilities such as theatres and cinemas can reopen with up to 75 percent fixed seating capacity. Ticketed and seated outdoor public gatherings are allowed for up to 500 people with density limit, but amusement centres and nightclubs remain closed.


Metropolitan Melbourne and other Local Government Areas are currently under a strict lockdown order (extended until 11:59pm, 21 October), with entertainment venues remaining closed. However, up to five fully vaccinated people can attend an indoor or outdoor entertainment or recreation facility to broadcast a conference or event.

In parts of regional Victoria, creative and entertainment venues can open with a density limit of one person per four square metres or to the capacity limit, whichever is the lesser. A COVID Check-in Marshal be present at all entrances to the venue.

Indoor fixed seated entertainment venues can open with a maximum of 20 people per space, and outdoor fixed seated entertainment can open with up to 25 percent capacity with a maximum of 300 people per space, whichever is lesser. For non-seated venues, indoor can open for up to 20 people, and outdoor for up to 25 percent capacity with a maximum of 300 people, whichever is lesser.


Events must operate in accordance with the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction. The requirements for events depend on whether the event is indoors or outdoors and whether patrons will be dancing at the event.

Furthermore, there are different restrictions in place for high-risk impacted areas, impacted areas, and the rest of Queensland.

South Australia

Events in South Australia require an approved COVID Management Plan and a COVID Marshal to be present. Restrictions depend on a number of factors, including venue capacity and whether eating and drinking is allowed.

Northern Territory

While there’s no limit as to how many people can gather indoors or outdoors in the NT, physical distancing at 1.5 metres apart remains in place. Events with 500 to 1,000 people require a COVID-19 Small Event Checklist and must also appoint a COVID-19 Safety Supervisor. Events with 1,000 or more people must submit a COVID-19 Event Safety Plan, have a COVID-19 Safety Supervisor, and receive approval from the Chief Health Officer before the event can go ahead.

Western Australia

There are no capacity limits to gatherings or events in WA, but physical distancing at 1.5 metres apart must be adhered to. If you are holding an event for 500 people or more (but no more than 2,500), you must complete either a COVID Event Plan or COVID Event Checklist. Venues must also continue to maintain contact registers and use the SafeWA check-in app.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT remains in lockdown with organised indoor gatherings and events currently not permitted.


Provided there is no more than one person per two square metres, up to 250 people are allowed indoors, and up to 1,000 people are allowed at an outdoor venue. Where the density limit is less than the gathering limit, the lower number applies.

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