Current restrictions

Last Updated: 13 Jan 2021 12:49pm

Below are the restrictions that currently apply.



The areas where travellers have spent time prior to arriving in Tasmania determine the conditions for their entry into the State.

Areas are assessed as either lowmedium or high-risk dependent upon the number of COVID-19 cases or level of community transmission in those areas, and subject to Public Health advice.

quarantine fee is in place for people required to quarantine in government-designated accommodation (exemptions apply).

For more information visit Coming to Tasmania.

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

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.

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.

This cap on the number of people permitted to stand while drinking alcohol and/or dancing is required because large numbers of people mixing freely and closely while consuming alcohol are very high-risk settings for spreading COVID-19.

For more information, including exclusions, go to Business restrictions.

Compulsory recording of contact details

The second Contact Tracing Direction requires that:

  • Hospitality premises, 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 continue to collect contact details for people who enter and remain on the premises for at least 15 minutes
  • From 1 December 2020, events enabled under the Events Framework that are required to have an event COVID Safety Plan must collect information of patrons
  • From 15 December 2020, an expanded list of premises and businesses must collect information of people who enter and remain on the premises for at least 15 minutes.

The list of these premises and businesses is below.

Owners and operators of these businesses or premises must collect the following information from every person who enters or attends these premises for at least 15 minutes: name, contact telephone number and the date and time of entry or attendance.

Owners and operators 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 refuses to provide the required information.

For guidance on how to meet contact tracing obligations visit www.business.tas.gov.au/coronavirus_information/contact_tracing

Applicable premises and businesses

From 1 December 2020, the Direction applies to:

  • A gathering, if a direction made under section 16 of the Act requires an event COVID safety plan, in a form approved by the Director of Public Health, to be developed and implemented in respect of the gathering.

From 15 December 2020, the Direction will apply to:

  • Restaurants, cafes and other retail food businesses and outlets, where food is sold for consumption at those premises.
  • Premises where alcohol is sold for consumption 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.

Gathering limits are 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 the outdoor space of a premises.

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

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.

Read more about Gatherings, density limits and physical distancing.

Gatherings at residential premises – including shacks – are limited to up to 100 people (including children and babies) at any one time. This limit includes all residents of the household and the people who ordinarily reside at the house or shack.

The household gathering limit of 100 people applies whether the gathering is indoors or outdoors, and for all types of gatherings, including barbecues and celebrations.

You should not visit others or have visitors to your home if you are unwell.

Gathering limits are 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 the outdoor space of a premises.

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.

For sporting and recreation facilities with multiple indoor spaces, the gathering cap applies separately to each single undivided indoor space. For example, a multi-purpose sporting venue with multiple, separate, undivided indoor spaces, could have up to 250 people in each of these spaces (the density limit applies). However, the maximum of 1,000 people outdoors of a premises at one time, applies regardless of whether there are multiple outdoor areas.

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

Where practicable, attendees should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people.

Sporting activities permitted based on Level C of the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport, meaning the following are permitted:

  • full contact training
  • full competition sport (contact and non-contact)
  • sharing of equipment where necessary
  • use of change rooms and other shared facilities.

Larger teams should consider maintaining some small group separation at training and non-essential social gatherings should be limited.

Gathering limits and the requirement to maintain physical distancing where practical applies to all sports, exercise and recreation.

Read more about Sport and recreation.

Most parks and reserves (including visitor centres and campgrounds) are open to the public.

For more details visit the PWS website.

You are encouraged to continue to work from home if it works for you and your employer. For example, office workers should be encouraged to work from home to help with physical distancing measures and limit the contact between people.