Canberrans will be checking in at fewer venues from Saturday under changes to the ACT’s mandatory use of the Check In CBR app.

The ACT Government announced the change on Monday, turning its focus to higher risk settings, amid calls for the use of the app to be scrapped all together.

From 11.59pm on Friday 11 February 2022, checking in will only be required at the following venues:

  • Licensed bars and pubs
  • Registered clubs
  • Nightclubs
  • Strip clubs and brothels
  • Organised events that are not ticketed or pre-registered, including conferences, markets, music and cultural events
  • Schools and early childhood education and care.

Other businesses and settings will no longer be required to display their QR codes or to ask visitors and customers to check in.

However, the Government is encouraging them to continue displaying QR codes for voluntary use by those who want to keep a record of where they have been.

ACT Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith, said the changes are being made in the context of an evolving COVID-19 outbreak response and contact tracing process.


“We’re in a new phase of our pandemic response and using the Check In CBR app differently will support those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 while reducing the requirements placed on other businesses, venues and customers.”

“These changes mean we’re still able to monitor places where our public health team considers there is a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

As part of the higher risk monitoring, updates are currently being made to the app to allow notifications to users if they have been at a higher risk setting during a COVID-19 exposure.

It’s expected those features will be available in the coming weeks.

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