Gatherings

Gatherings are defined as the total number of people present in a single space.

Restrictions on gatherings remain in place in Tasmania to guide Tasmanians through a staged process on the road to recovery.

It is important to be aware of and follow the current rules on gathering sizes for each activity and premises to reduce the risk of further outbreaks of COVID-19.

Be aware there are exemptions to the number of people allowed to gather at a premises or for an activity depending on the type of business, service or venue size. For example:

  • At a large reserve or park you may have a few groups of 20 people, as long as they are all separate gatherings and physical distancing is applied.
  • At a small cafĂ©, the maximum number of people may be limited, if the surface area does not allow for four square metres per person.

Gathering limits do not apply to:

  • public transport
  • Commercial passenger transport (eg a shuttle bus as part of a paid tour)
  • Private vehicles, aircraft or boats (recreational flying and boating is permitted).

Passengers are encouraged to keep physical distancing in mind and choose a seat away from others where possible. More information is available on the Transport webpage.

  • More than 20 people may be at a medical or health service, for the purpose of emergency services. Keep physical distancing in mind when using these services.

Read about physical distancing and maximum density rules.

Gatherings and businesses

There are specific restrictions on the gathering sizes for some businesses. Unless it is specified that the limit only applies to attendees, staff and volunteers should be counted in the gathering number. More information is available on the Business Restrictions webpage .

Leaving your home

You can travel and stay anywhere within Tasmania, but must observe the restrictions around gatherings, businesses and services, and household visits.  We also recommend you check the parks website for any restrictions on National parks or reserves and council websites for local government facilities.

You should continue to use physical distancing at all times when you are out (staying at least 1.5 metres from other people), wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes. Read more about gatherings and physical distancing rules.

The FAQs below will help you to understand what these measures mean and how to apply them in daily life. Remember - if you are unwell, you should stay home and arrange testing for coronavirus if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms.

Households

Gatherings at households – including shacks - have increased to up to 10 people at any one time, not including residents of the household.

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

Work

Should I be going to work?

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.

Sport, exercise and recreational activities

Gathering restrictions are in place for sport, exercise and recreational activities. More information is available on the Sport, exercise and recreational activities webpage.

Religious and other ceremonies

How many people can attend a religious ceremony?

Up to 40 attendees can attend religious gatherings, ceremonies and instruction; non-denominational ceremonies; and similar services  This number excluding staff or volunteers present to facilitate the service or ceremony.

Services and venues involved in religious ceremonies, funerals and weddings must have a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan in place.

How many people can attend a funeral?

The total number of people at a funeral must not exceed 50 attendees for indoor and outdoor funerals. Event or premises staff or volunteers are not included in this count.

How many people can attend a wedding?

Weddings can be conducted with no more than 40 people, excluding the couple getting married and those required to facilitate the wedding. This applies to both indoor and outdoor weddings.

Vulnerable Tasmanians

Vulnerable people are encouraged to continue to stay home and protect their health, or take extra precautions when out and about. This advice applies to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • People 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions
  • All people 70 years and older
  • People with compromised immune systems
  • People with a disability, if you have received medical advice to do so.

This does not mean that these people are unable to leave home or to visit others.

But members of these high-risk groups should take extra precautions to avoid unwell visitors, including unwell children who might not fully understand physical distancing boundaries.