Cinemas and Theatres across the Territory will be able to return to full capacity under the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions announced on Thursday.

The changes come into effect from Wednesday 14 April, allowing the indoor entertainment venues to sell seated tickets at 100% capacity.

Current capacity is capped at 75%, venues wishing to transition to the new covid normal rules will be required to design a COVID Safe Plan and for it to receive the endorsement of ACT Health.

In a statement, ACT health authorities said they now feel comfortable and confident in the procedures put in place by Government, allowing them to make the change.

‘A number of factors help to reduce the risks associated with holding larger gatherings at these venues, including the fact that events must be ticketed and seated, venues have front-facing tiered seating for a single audience, mandatory check-in using the Check In CBR app for contact tracing requirements, and endorsed COVID Safety Plans in place.’

‘Additionally, to help support Canberra’s live music sector, the COVID Safe Event Protocol will be updated to provide advice to live music performance venues on how to safely host live music events, and to seek an exemption for larger audiences.’

The easing of restrictions will be the first-time cinemas and theatres will return to full capacity since restrictions were first introduced at the beginning of the pandemic.