Business restrictions

Businesses, places and services that are closed or open (with restrictions) as of Friday 5 June 2020

The Tasmanian Government is gradually easing restrictions on businesses as part of it's response to COVID-19.

Businesses and workplaces are required to develop a COVID Safe Workplace Plan, before reopening or expanding their current business model in line with the easing of restrictions.

See more information on restrictions and the development of COVID Safe Workplace Plans.

Maximum density limits apply to businesses/activities outside households. Read more information about how the 4 square metre rule is used to determine density.
Where practicable, business operators, staff, volunteers and attendees should maintain a distance of 1.5m from other people. Read more about physical distancing.
Attendee numbers do not include staff or volunteers, but do include children and babies.

Restaurants and cafes (in all settings including pubs, clubs, hotels, RSLs and sports clubs)

  • Can serve food and/or drinks to up to 40 seated patrons.
  • Each setting where dining occurs must not have a density of seated patrons greater than 1 per 4 square metres. Read about density limits.
  • The restriction on the number of diners applies to the venue as a whole regardless of whether the venue has multiple separate dining rooms.
  • Restaurants may continue to offer delivery and takeaway services. For restaurants and cafes doing seated meals and takeaway, the takeaway customers can be in addition to the 40 seated customers (depending on size).
  • Contact details for the person who made the booking or at least one diner from a walk-in group should be recorded for future contact tracing if needed. It is not necessary to collect the details of people visiting the premises to collect takeaway food or drinks.

Food courts and food vans

  • Food courts are allowed to provide takeaway services only.
  • Mobile food vans cannot operate at markets but can sell takeaway at locations consistent with their permits.

Pubs, clubs and bars

  • Can service food and/or drinks to up to 40 seated patrons at pubs, clubs, bars, RSLs and community clubs.
  • Betting services and TASKeno may operate within venues. Gaming areas (electronic gaming machines) must remain closed.
  • Casinos and nightclubs remain closed, except for cafes, bars restaurants within these venues.

Betting shopfronts

  • Up to 20 people in TAB retail outlets

Accommodation services

Includes hotels, motels, hostels and guest houses, caravan parks (including cabin type accommodation), bed and breakfasts, and short-stay accommodation (eg. Airbnbs).

  • Overnight stays permitted with no limit on the number of guests, apart from rented holiday houses/short-stay accommodation, which are limited to 20 attendees and subject to density limits.
  • For caravan and camping parks, booked sites must not exceed the maximum density limit for that site, unless those camping are all from the same household.
  • Guests may have visitors to their accommodation area, as long as the density rules are applied.
  • Gathering limits and the one person per 4 square metres rule do apply to common areas but do not apply to people in rooms. Read more information about density and gatherings.

Multi-purpose venues

Multi-purpose venues that are used for accommodation and entertainment purposes:

  • All separate areas of the venue must operate according to the restrictions that apply to those premises (eg cafĂ©, bar, accommodation).
  • Gatherings in communal areas are restricted to 20 people (excluding staff) and the 4 square metre rule per person applies.
  • Facilities such as swimming pools are permitted but saunas and spas baths must remain closed.

Indoor and outdoor gyms, fitness centres and sporting venues

Includes boot camps, yoga, barre, health clubs, gymnastics and cheerleading facilities, wellness centres and fitness classes.

  • Up to 20 attendees, regardless of whether there are multiple spaces.
  • At least one employee must be on premises during operating hours.
  • Toilets open; communal shower and change room facilities closed.

Read more information about sport and recreation.

Dance schools

  • Up to 20 attendees.
  • Dance activities should not involve close or direct contact between people.
  • Toilets open; communal shower and change room facilities closed.
  • No spectators other than one parent or carer per child.

Swimming pools

  • Up to 20 people per pool at any one time.
  • Applies to indoor and outdoor pools, including therapy pools.
  • No spectators other than one parent or carer per child, or if a person with a disability needs one or more people to help to use a pool. If carers are in the pool, they are counted in the gathering number.
  • Toilets open; communal shower and change room facilities closed.

Beauty and personal care services

Includes beauty therapy, massage, facials, tanning, waxing, manicure or other nail treatments, ear and body piercing, tattoos, body modification and day spas.

  • Gathering restrictions do not apply, but the one person per four square metre rule does apply.

Real estate and auction houses

  • Up to 20 attendees (not including staff) at indoor and outdoor open homes and auctions, both real estate and other auctions.
  • No gathering limits for auction houses that sell livestock, food or other agricultural purposes.


  • Fresh produce and farmers markets are permitted. All other indoor and outdoor markets remain closed.



  • Up to 40 attendees at religious gatherings, ceremonies and instruction; non-denominational ceremonies; and similar services.
  • Up to 40 attendees at weddings, not including the couple being married and staff and volunteers facilitating the event.
  • Up to 50 attendees at funerals, not including staff and volunteers facilitating the event.

Home-based businesses

  • Home-based businesses can continue to operate if the service itself is not restricted.
  • For a business operating from a residential premises, there should be no more than 10 attendees on the premises (not including members of the household).

Outdoor amusement parks and arcades

  • Up to 20 attendees.
  • Operators must manage the movement of people in and out of the premises to meet density and physical distancing requirements.

Museums, national institutions, historic sites and galleries

  • Up to 80 attendees in public areas.
  • Operators should, where practicable, ensure there is separation between attendees as they enter and exit and use foyers and lobbies.


  • Up to 40 attendees in each single cinema.
  • Operators should, where practicable, ensure there is separation between attendees as they enter and exit and use foyers and lobbies.

Concert and performance venues, arenas and auditoriums

  • Up to 40 attendees in each public area of the premises.
  • Operators should, where practicable, ensure there is separation between attendees as they enter and exit and use foyers and lobbies.
  • If the venue is used for live performance, the total number of performers and support staff (not including front-of-house staff but including paid and unpaid staff) must not exceed 20 people or the maximum capacity of the backstage area according to the density limits. Read more about density.

Zoos and wildlife parks

  • Up to 40 attendees

Community facilities or events

  • Indoor or outdoor markets, unless the market is for the provision of fresh food or produce only, and the food is to be consumed elsewhere (and not at the market)
  • Garage and car boot sales or other similar means of selling second hand goods, other than a tip shop or charity store

Food and beverage

  • A market that is not a fresh food or produce market (eg a street food market, or a market selling other goods or services)
  • Food courts (except for takeaways)

Entertainment and events

  • Casinos and gaming venues
  • Indoor play centres
  • Indoor amusement parks and arcades
  • Large outdoor events, such as concerts, fairs and shows
  • Dance venues and nightclubs
  • Strip clubs and sex services (these services are not permitted to operate or place advertisements in local newspapers)
  • Horse racing and greyhound racing (restarts 13 June 2020)

Beauty and personal care

  • Saunas, spa baths, flotation tanks and bath houses (including water-based spas)

Sport and recreation

  • No competitive sport is permitted – only training.