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As of 13 April 2021

Gathering limits

The maximum number of people permitted to attend a gathering (other than households, outdoor arenas and stadiums and entertainment venues e.g. theatres, cinemas and concert venues) is:

  • 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premises; and
  • 1,000 people in the outdoor space of a premises.

The maximum density is one person per 2 square metres of available space.

Where the number of people permitted according to the density limit is less than the gathering limit, the lower number applies.

The maximum number of people permitted on a premises includes staff, volunteers, children and babies.

Where practicable, business operators, staff, volunteers and attendees should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people. 

Business

For mixed use venues with multiple indoor or outdoor spaces, the gathering limit applies separately to each single undivided space. For example, a large hotel with multiple, separate indoor spaces (eg conference room, bar, restaurant, foyer, beer garden), is permitted to have up to 250 people for each of these spaces (the density limit applies).

Business restrictions allow standing activities – like darts, pool, eight-ball, snooker and karaoke – in licensed venues.

Standing and drinking alcohol and/or dancing is permitted in premises with a liquor licence or liquor permit up to a maximum of 100 people in indoor spaces and 250 people in outdoor spaces, within current density requirements.

Patrons in other parts of the premises or event can also consume alcohol while sitting down, subject to density requirements.

Compulsory recording of contact details

Under the Contact Tracing Direction, contact information is required from every person who visits a range of businesses, organisations and events for at least 15 minutes.

From 1 May 2021 Tasmanians and visitors will be required to use the Check in TAS app when they visit these places.

Contact details will be stored securely with the Tasmanian Department of Health for 28 days before being deleted. Details will only be accessed by Public Health if contact tracing is needed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

If patrons do not have a smartphone or are unable to use one, others in their group can check in for them on their device or staff at the premises will be able to record contact information on their device or with pen and paper.

Businesses are permitted to refuse entry to a person who does not provide the required information.

Mask requirements

You must wear a face mask when travelling on domestic flights and in airports — except when you’re eating or drinking. Air crew must wear masks on flights and in airports

Children under 12 and those with exemptions do not need to wear a mask. Toddlers under the age of 2 and babies must not wear masks since they are a choking and suffocation risk.

  • $20 million for the provision of interest free loans to businesses in the hospitality, tourism, seafood and exports sectors. The loans will be available to small businesses with a turnover of less than $5 million for the purpose of purchasing equipment or restructuring business operations and will be interest free for a period of up to three years.
    Waiving payroll tax for the last four months of this financial year for hospitality, tourism and seafood industry businesses.
  • Other small to medium businesses with an annual payroll of up to $5 million in Australian wages will be able to apply, based on the immediate impact of the virus on their businesses, to have their payroll tax payments waived for the three months from 31 March to June 2020.
  • Introduction of a youth employment payroll tax rebate scheme for young people from 1 April 2020.
  • $2.1 million for one-off $5,000 grants for businesses that hire an apprentice or trainee, complementing the Federal Government’s apprenticeship package.
  • One-off emergency relief payments of $250 for individuals and up to $1000 for families who are required to self-isolate by public health as a result of coronavirus.
  • 50 per cent discount on liquor licencing fees and waive all application fees for the calendar year 2020, back dated to 1 January 2020.
  • $100,000 in support to the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Hospitality Association for training and support of workers in the tourism and
    hospitality sectors over the winter months, to improve productivity and to be ready