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 current restrictions to reduce the risk of further outbreaks of COVID-19.
Under the current restrictions, you are allowed to leave your home to use businesses or services that are currently allowed to operate.
The number of people allowed to gather in indoor and outdoor settings is now 10. This may change depending on the size of the venue.
For example, at a large reserve you may have a few groups of 10 people, so long as they are all separate gatherings. However, in a small café, the maximum number of people may be limited to 2 or 3, if the surface area does not allow for four square metres per person.
There are exemptions to the 10 person rule. For example, more than 10 people may be on passenger transport, on a ferry service or vessel, at a medical, health or veterinary service, for the purpose of emergency services, at permitted businesses (e.g. supermarkets, pharmacies), at work (except if your venue or service is prohibited) and at school, childcare or educational institutions.
Read more about gatherings and physical distancing rules.
It is important to keep up to date with the rules on gathering sizes for each activity and premises.
Visits to households increase to up to 5 people at any one time (the 5 people is in addition to those who live in the house).
Social visits in private households are allowed, however you are encouraged to stay at your residence overnight.
You should continue to maintain 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.
If you are unwell you should stay home and arrange testing for coronavirus, even if you have very minor cough or cold symptoms.
See Gatherings FAQs for more information.
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 for services or supplies, or to visit others for social support and connection.
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.
Movement between residences
People with more than one residence in Tasmania – such as shack owners - must continue to base themselves in their primary residence. However, if there is a need for a household member to quarantine, then the second residence could be used to separate household members.
Owners may attend a second residence to complete urgent repairs, maintenance or for a security check, but should only stay as long as necessary to complete the relevant task.
If you are currently in the process of moving house within Tasmania, a common sense approach should be applied to leaving your current home for the purpose of moving your belongings to your new home.
Once you have moved 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.