Business restrictions

Last Updated: 01 Apr 2021 10:49am

All businesses and workplaces are 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.

Gathering limits apply for businesses and activities – see Gathering, density and physical distancing for 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.

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

More information for organisations and businesses is available at Check in TAS.

The Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania supports event organisers to plan and hold larger-scale COVID-19 safe events that exceed the gathering limits in the Management of Premises Direction.

The Framework has been developed in consultation with the events, sports, arts and entertainment sectors and is consistent with World Health Organization, Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, and Public Health Services advice.

The Mass Gatherings Direction provides a legal basis for the Framework. Depending on the risk profile of an event, it will be classed as Level 1, 2 or 3, and different controls will apply depending on the level.

It will be a living document and 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.

For further information see COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities Events Framework.

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”.