Business restrictions

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2021 1:07pm

All businesses and workplaces are now permitted to operate, but must implement measures to meet the minimum COVID-19 safety standards and record this in a COVID-19 Safety plan. For more information go to COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework.



Under the Contact Tracing Direction, owners and operators of applicable businesses, venues and events (see below) are required to collect contact information from every person who enters or attends these premises or events for at least 15 minutes.

The contact information to be collected includes the name, contact telephone number and the date and time of entry or attendance. Owners and operators will need to ensure patron information is directly accessible and kept for at least 28 days. This information must be provided as soon as possible if it is requested by the Director of Public Health.

Businesses that use the Check in Tas application as a means to comply with the contact tracing requirements will be taken to have complied with the direction. Alternative electronic or paper-based solutions that comply with these requirements are also acceptable.

Patron information collected under these requirements can only be used for the purposes of contact tracing undertaken by Public Health and cannot be used for any other purpose.

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

For guidance on how to meet contact tracing obligations visit Business Tasmania

Applicable businesses, venues and events

The following businesses, venues and events are required to collect the contact information from every person who enters or attends these premises or events for at least 15 minutes.

  • Events or gatherings enabled under the Events Framework that are required to have an event COVID Safety Plan, in a form approved by the Director of Public Health
  • Restaurants, cafes and other retail food businesses and outlets, where food is sold for consumption on site.
  • Premises where alcohol is sold for consumption on site at those premises, including pubs, registered and licensed clubs and hotels, other than such part of those premises lawfully operated to provide alcohol for consumption at a location other than the premises.
  • Places of worship, religious gatherings, religious premises, and other similar premises, including premises used to perform a wedding or a funeral.
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, gaming or other gambling venues, dance venues, night clubs, strip clubs, brothels and other similar premises.
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites and other similar premises.
  • Tourist premises, venues and sites, where consideration is paid to enter such a premises, venue and site.
  • Tourism activities, and services, that are provided for consideration.
  • Concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums and other similar premises.
  • Amusement parks, arcades, play centres and other similar premises, regardless of whether the premises are an indoor space or an outdoor space, other than skate parks and playgrounds.
  • Auction houses, real estate auctions and houses open for inspection, including display homes.
  • Hair dressing and hair salons.
  • Beauty treatment premises, including body modifications, tattoos, piercing, waxing and nail services.
  • Spas and massage parlours and other similar premises.
  • Swimming pools, gymnasiums, health clubs, fitness centres, wellness centres (including yoga and barre premises) and other similar premises or venues, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Venues used for sport or fitness, saunas, bath houses and other similar premises or venues, whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Premises used for personal training and other pre-arranged sporting activities.
  • Zoos, wildlife centres, animal parks, petting zoos, aquariums, marine parks or similar premises.

The Tasmanian Government has released A Framework for COVID Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania, which supports organisers to plan COVID-safe gatherings from 1 December 2020 that exceed the gathering limits in the Management of Premises Direction.

Depending on the risk profile of the event, it will be classed as Level 1, 2 or 3, and different controls will apply depending on the level.

The Mass Gatherings Direction provides a legal basis for the Framework.

The Framework will be reviewed over time as the rules for mass gatherings and events are updated to reflect the changing COVID-19 situation in Tasmania. The Framework will enable organisers to apply to hold an event under one of three levels.

More information on the COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities Events Framework.

The number of people permitted at businesses/activities (other than households) is determined by the density of the area, up to a maximum of:

  • 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premises; and
  • 1,000 people in an undivided space outdoors.

The maximum density limit is one person per 2 square metres.

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

Indoor theatres and cinema are permitted to have up to 75 per cent of their usual seated capacity in line with the gathering limits

All people in any single undivided space count towards the maximum number of people permitted. For example, staff in a restaurant; spectators at a pool; and athletes, volunteers and coaches at a sporting facility are all counted within the maximum number of people permitted in that space. Children and babies also count towards the maximum number.

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

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).

See Sport and recreation for more information.

*Between the 20 and 27 December, churches and religious services will be permitted to have up to 75 per cent of their seated capacity attending services. Services held in indoor areas without fixed seating, should base seating arrangements and capacity in line with the one person per 2 square metres.  Public Health will review maximum capacity attendance for church and religious services following this period with updated capacity requirements to be identified early in the New Year.

The limits outlined above do not apply to the following specified premises, but the number of people on these premises should not exceed the total number specified in the occupancy permit for the premises under the Building Act 2016. The specified premises are:

  • Airports and premises used for public or commercial transport
  • Medical or health service facilities, including veterinary facilities
  • Disability or aged care facilities
  • Prisons, correctional facilities, youth justice centres
  • Courts or tribunals
  • Parliament
  • Schools, universities, education institutions, childcare facilities, child and family centres
  • Premises that deliver services and support to disadvantaged community members eg those providing homeless accommodation, boarding houses, emergency/social housing, child safety services, foodbanks, employment services, and migrant and refugee assistance
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces where people are transiting through
  • Emergency services
  • Boats or pontoons used for commercial tourism purposes with outdoor spaces that are used by patrons for the majority of the tour.

Read more about Gatherings, density limits and physical distancing.

Standing activities

Standing activities – like darts, pool, eight-ball, snooker and karaoke – are allowed 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.

For example, a venue with a maximum density capacity of 200 can have 100 people dancing, however the other 100 people must be seated to be drinking alcohol.

The management of risk associated with these activities must also be covered in a venue’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.

If someone hires a venue, such as a community hall, they share with the venue owner/operator the responsibility for managing dance and other activities, including physical distancing and facilitating a safe entry and exit to the premises.

A wide range of businesses and venues, including restaurants, cafes and other retail food businesses where food is sold for consumption on-site, as well as businesses that serve alcohol for consumption on-site, must collect contact details for people who enter and remain on the premises for at least 15 minutes.

For more information see “Compulsory recording of contact details” under “Business”.