Canberrans may be able to gather in groups of 20 by next weekend, when plans to reopen businesses like cinemas could also be announced.
The ACT is planning to move to stage two of eased restrictions on May 30.
Under this stage, venues may be allowed to serve meals to up to 20 patrons at a time, while private gatherings of the same size would also be allowed.
A decision on whether to move to stage three of the national plan, which would allow gatherings of up to 100 people, is scheduled to be made on June 19.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the dates to ease COVID-19 restrictions were dependent on the ACT continuing to suppress virus numbers.
"As I indicated on May 8 when I released our stage one response, we will be assessing the available evidence and data every three weeks," he said.
Mr Barr said the next decision-making point was May 29.
"If we continue on our current path of suppressing new COVID-19 infections over the next 10 days then we will move to stage two on Saturday, May 30," he said.
"Stage two involves increasing maximum group sizes from 10 to 20 and gradually reopening a number of other higher-risk businesses," he said.
Higher-risk businesses in stage two of the national plan include indoor movie theatres, concert venues, galleries, museums and zoos.
Stage three of the national plan allows gatherings of up to 100 people with most businesses allowed to open. This includes gyms, food courts and accommodation areas.
Consideration would also be given to opening bar areas and gaming rooms.
The one person per four square metre rule would still apply.
From May 30 (dependent on continuing to suppress the virus):
- Gatherings of up to 20 people allowed.
- Restaurants, cafes and pubs may be given the green light to serve meals to up to 20 patrons at a time.
- Businesses like cinemas, beauty therapists, concert venues, galleries, museums, zoos may gradually be allowed to reopen with up to 20 patrons.
As early as June 20:
- ACT may move to stage three of the national plan, which may allow businesses to open for up to 100 patrons
- Gyms may be allowed to open with a maximum of 100 patrons
- Consideration will be given to the opening of bars and gaming rooms
"The ACT will continue to base our public health decisions on public health advice. We will also engage with industry stakeholders on practical implementation measures as we step through each stage of easing restrictions," Mr Barr said.
ACT Opposition Leader Alistair Coe said the ACT should have a more bespoke approach to the current 10-person limit.
Mr Coe said limits on the number of people in cafes and restaurants should be based on the size of the venue.
"The ACT is in a good position, and one benefit should be we should be more nimble and have a more tailored approach for safe and fast recovery," Mr Coe told ABC radio on Tuesday.
"How can health advice say 10 people are safe in a bar of 50 square metres, but 11 people are not safe in a pub of 3000 square metres."
While restrictions could be eased to 20 people by the end of the month, Mr Coe said many businesses would not be viable under the limits.
"The idea of 10 people is not necessarily safe, what is safe is appropriate social distancing," he said.
"The rule of 10 for a venue is for simplicity, there's not much more to it."
It came after an ACT parliamentary committee called on the government to clearly communicate its plans for a staged return to normal life.
The select committee on the COVID-19 pandemic response published its interim report on Monday, making 24 recommendations to the government.
The committee - made up of two Labor, two Liberal and one Green MLA - was established as an oversight to the government's emergency response.
The report said the Canberra community would appreciate better communication about a staged return to normal life.
It pointed to the Northern Territory government's move to outline the steps involved in the process.
"These seem to provide more clarity to members of the public," the report said.
"The committee notes that the ACT government is making announcements broadly aligned with the steps timetable from the national cabinet.
"The ACT government could consider
providing a timeline associated with each step."
The committee also asked the government to consider allowing tenants on fixed term leases during the pandemic to end their leases with a few weeks' notice.
It wants the government to investigate prohibiting a lessor from terminating a lease solely due to rent arrears accrued during the period covered by the residential tenancies declaration.
Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay said the government would continue to monitor the situation to determine if additional regulations are required to provide more support for tenants and landlords.