Last Updated: 08 Apr 2020 2:26pm

New restrictions on gatherings are in place in Tasmania to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Tasmanians should stay at home unless they need to be away from home:

  • shopping for supplies or services; or
  • undertaking personal exercise; or
  • attending medical, or health care, appointments or for medical treatment; or
  • providing social support, or care, to another person (including compassionate needs, or to facilitate shared custody, guardianship or care arrangements for another person); or
  • attending school or study, if unable to be performed at the person’s home; or
  • attending work, or volunteering, if unable to be performed at the person’s home; or
  • seeking veterinary services for an animal; or
  • performing essential maintenance, or security inspections, of another premises owned, or occupied, by the person; or
  • attending another location if you have a reasonable excuse, in the opinion of the Director of Public Health or his or her delegate, to attend the location.

New rules apply to indoor and outdoor gatherings, with a rule of two persons to be applied, except for gatherings of household members, those in shared custody, guardianship arrangements or other care arrangements.

This means in the home, only two extra visitors are permitted at any one time. Outside the home, you may be with the people who live in your household, or if leaving the home alone, you may meet one other person to comply with the maximum group size of two people.

Arrangements have been made to ensure that shared parenting arrangements can be complied with, and other necessary arrangements for legal guardians, care givers etc.

There are exemptions to the two person rule, including to allow more than two people in a private vehicle, in passenger transport, on a ferry service or vessel, at a medical, health or veterinary service or residential care facility, for the purpose of emergency services, at permitted businesses (eg supermarkets, pharmacies), at work (except if your venue or service is prohibited) and at school, childcare or educational institution.

It is no longer permitted to use play equipment in public playgrounds and parks. Outside gyms, playgrounds and skate parks in public places are to be closed. Boot camps are limited to two people (the trainer and participant).

The total number of people present at a funeral must not exceed 10 persons. This includes mourners and officiators. An infant, regardless of age, is a person to be included in the head count permitted at funerals. There is no exemption for additional family members to attend under exceptional circumstances.

Where safe and practicable, each person at a funeral must maintain a distance of no less than 1.5 metres between themselves and any other person, and the total number of persons present in any single undivided space, at the same time, must not exceed the one person per four square metre rule.

See Gatherings FAQs for more information.

Vulnerable Tasmanians

It is also recommended that Indigenous people over the age of 50; people over the age of 65 with existing health conditions or co-morbidities; and anyone over the age of 70 should stay at home as much as possible to protect their health.

This does not mean that they are unable to leave home for essential services or supplies, or to visit loved ones for social support and connection.

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

Movement between residences

People with more than one residence in Tasmania (eg shack owners) need to base themselves in their primary residence for the next four weeks from 11.59 pm Monday 30 March 2020, unless there is a need for a household member to self-isolate in the primary residence (in that case the second residence is appropriate to use to separate household members), or if urgent repairs, maintenance or a security check needs to be undertaken at the other residence.

Moving house

If you are currently in the process of moving house within Tasmania, a common sense approach will be applied to you leaving your current home for the purpose of moving your belongings to your new home.

Once you have completed moving your belongings and left your previous place of residence, your new house will become your primary residence. You will need to comply with the directions to remain in your primary residence.