Roadmap to Recovery

A staged approach of lifting of restrictions is in place for Tasmania. This approach has been developed to help reduce the risk to the community of COVID-19.

The changes are gradual, with careful monitoring of each stage to ensure the safeguards are working in reducing the risk of outbreaks and enabling health authorities to respond if needed.

The easing of restrictions will continue to be based on Public Health advice and changes will be made depending on Tasmania's circumstances.

Please note, the Roadmap to Recovery shows the timeline of changes to restrictions as they are announced. For information about the restrictions and advice currently in place, see Current restrictions.

  • Funerals – increased from 10 to 20 attendees.
  • Aged care visits – one visit per week and no more than two visitors, managed by the facility.
  • National parks and reserves – open to residents for exercise within 30km of their home.
  • TasTAFE campuses and training facilities open for invited small groups of students only attending practical learning and assessment sessions.

18 May 2020

Household visitors

Visitors to households increases to up to 5 people at any one time, in addition to residents of the household.

Gatherings

Gatherings increased to 10 people for indoor and outdoor gatherings, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres and a maximum of one person per 4 square metres applicable.

Specific changes applied to:

  • Community and local government facilities
  • Open homes and auctions
  • Weddings and small religious ceremonies and private worship (10 attendees), funerals (20 attendees indoors and 30 outdoors)

Sport and recreation

Up to 10 people at one time can use outside gyms, skate parks and play equipment in public playgrounds; do outdoor exercise including boot camps and sports training; and use indoor and outdoor pools. Parks can be used for activities other than exercising, such as picnics, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Spas, saunas and bath houses, whether stand-alone or attached to a pool, remain closed.

Hospitality

Restaurants and cafes in all settings (including restaurants in pubs, clubs, hotels and RSLs) open for table service for up to 10 patrons at a time.

Travel and quarantine

Border controls remain in place. Domestic travelling Tasmanian residents can quarantine in their primary residence if it is suitable. Specific conditions apply to residents of King Island, Flinders Island and the Furneaux Group of Islands.

Fly-in fly-out workers may leave quarantine before they complete 14 days if it is to return interstate to their employment.

Vulnerable people

Vulnerable people are encouraged to stay home and protect their health.

Working from home

Working from home is encouraged where possible. Stay home if unwell.

25 May 2020

  • Kindergarten to Year 6 students return to learning at school.
  • Year 11 and 12 students at extension schools and colleges return to learning at school.
  • Aged care visits - move to national restrictions of two visitors, once a day.

5 June 2020 from 3pm

Gatherings

Gatherings increase to 20 people at a time for indoor and outdoor, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres (where practicable) and a maximum of one person per 4 square metres applicable.

Specific changes will apply to:

  • community and local government facilities
  • weddings (40 attendees indoors and outdoors)
  • religious ceremonies, private worship and church services, including baptisms (40 attendees indoors and outdoors)
  • funerals (50 attendees indoors and outdoors)

Household visitors

Visitors to households is increasing to 10 people at any one time (indoor or outdoor), in addition to residents of the household.

As of 3pm on Friday 5 June you can travel to and stay at your shack. There is no limit to how long you may stay at your shack.

Visitor restrictions apply to your shack as they would to your primary residence therefore during Stage 2 you may have up to 10 people (not including your household) visit and stay overnight at your shack.

Business restrictions

Gatherings at most businesses increase to 20, with the following reopening or subject to changed restrictions:

  • accommodation (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 all other venues gathering limits and the one person per 4 square meter rule applies in common areas but not in guest rooms.
  • camping and caravan parks (booked sites must not exceed the maximum density limit for that site, unless those camping are all from the same household)
  • function centres
  • open homes and auctions
  • cinemas (40 attendees per cinema)
  • museums, galleries and historic sites (80 attendees)
  • theatres and concert venues (40 attendees with an additional number of 20 people specified for performers)
  • outdoor amusement parks, arcades and play centres
  • betting shopfronts
  • indoor gyms, fitness centres and sporting venues, including boot camps, yoga, barre, gymnastics and cheerleading facilities (noting at least one employee must be on premises during operating hours)
  • dance schools
  • health clubs, fitness and wellness centres, including yoga and barre
  • zoos and wildlife parks (40 attendees)

Restaurant and cafe gatherings increase to 40. The restriction on the number of diners applies to the venue as a whole regardless of whether the venue has multiple separate dining rooms.

Pubs, clubs and bars can open and serve food and/or drinks to seated patrons, with a gathering limit of 40. Betting services and TASkeno will be permitted in pubs, clubs and bars.

Gathering restrictions will not apply to beauty and personal care services, but the one person per four square metre rule will apply. These services include beauty therapy, massage, facials, tanning, waxing, manicure or other nail treatments, ear and body piercing, tattoos, body modification and day spas.

Sport, exercise and recreation

  • Camping permitted.
  • National parks and reserves opening, including campgrounds. The limit on day trips for exercising and travelling to within 30km of your home will no longer apply.
  • Park exercise equipment and playgrounds open for up to 20 people.
  • Outdoor community sport to resume, with up to 20 athletes/personnel (as guided by AIS framework level B for rebooting sport).
  • Indoor sport and recreation, including pools with up to 20 (as guided by AIS framework level B for rebooting sport). Showers and change rooms remain closed.

Boating

Restrictions on locations for launching recreational boats will be lifted. The limit on launching in your municipality will no longer apply. You will also be permitted to stay overnight on your boat.

Travel and quarantine

Border controls remain in place. Domestic travellers who are Tasmanian residents can quarantine in their primary residence if it is suitable.

Fly-in fly-out workers may leave quarantine before they complete 14 days if it is to return interstate to their employment.

9 June 2020

High school students from years 7 to 10 return to learning at school.

13 June 2020

Racing resumes.

17 June 2020 from 12pm

Gatherings

Gatherings increase to up to 80 people at a time for indoor and outdoor, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres (where practicable) and a maximum of one person per 4 square metres.

Household visitors

Gatherings at households – including shacks – increase to up to 20 people at any one time, not including residents of the household.

Business restrictions

Gatherings increase to up to 80 people at a time for indoor and outdoor, with physical distancing of 1.5 metres (where practicable) and a maximum of one person per 4 square metres.

Sport, exercise and recreation

Gatherings have increased to 80 attendees for:

  • Outdoor park exercise equipment
  • Skate parks
  • Playgrounds

Gatherings remain at 20 for:

  • Indoor and outdoor pools (20 people per pool)
  • Outdoor exercise and boot camps (groups of up to 20 people)
  • Indoor sporting and gym facilities (20 people per separate room or studio, up to a maximum of 80 attendees within each distinct building on the premises at any one time).

Household visitors

Gatherings at households – including shacks – remain limited to up to 20 people at any one time, not including residents of the household. You should not visit others or have visitors to your home if you are unwell.

Read more about Physical distancing.

Gatherings

The number of people permitted at businesses/activities (other than households) is now determined by the density of the area, up to a maximum of:

  • 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premises; and
  • 500 people in an undivided space outdoors.

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.

All people in any single undivided space count towards the maximum number of people permitted. For example, staff in a restaurant; spectators at a pool; and athletes and coaches at a sporting facility are all counted within the maximum number of people permitted in that space.

For mixed use venues with multiple indoor or outdoor spaces, the gathering cap (250 people for indoor, or 500 people for outdoor) applies separately to each single undivided space. For example, a large hotel with multiple, separate indoor spaces (eg conference room, bar, restaurant, foyer, beer garden), is permitted to have up to 250 people for each of these spaces (the density limit applies).

The limits outlined above do not apply to the following specified premises, but the number of people on these premises should not exceed the total number specified in the occupancy permit for the premises under the Building Act 2016. The specified premises are:

  • Airports and premises used for public or commercial transport.
  • Medical or health service facilities, including veterinary facilities
  • Disability or aged care facilities
  • Prisons, correctional facilities, youth justice centres
  • Courts or tribunals
  • Parliament
  • Schools, universities, education institutions, childcare facilities, child and family centres
  • Premises that deliver services and support to disadvantaged community members, eg those providing homeless accommodation, boarding houses, emergency/social housing, child safety services, foodbanks, employment services, and migrant and refugee assistance
  • Indoor and outdoor spaces where people are transiting through
  • Emergency services.

Read more about Gatherings, density limits and physical distancing.

Business restrictions

Businesses permitted to reopen:

  • Indoor amusement parks, play centres, arcades
  • Saunas, spa baths, flotation tanks and bath houses
  • Garage sales, car boot sales, second-hand goods sales
  • Strip clubs
  • Casinos and gaming venues
  • Indoor zoos (in addition to predominately outdoor zoos)
  • Stadiums
  • Markets and food vans at markets
  • Provision of services to a person by a sex worker, within the meaning of the Sex Industry Offences Act 2005
  • Food courts (now includes dine-in)
  • Night clubs (for seated service of alcohol only).

Patrons must be seated in premises where alcohol is sold, meaning activities that are not seated (eg pool, dancing, karaoke, darts) are not permitted. Seated activities, such as quiz nights and bingo, are allowed, as long as patrons remain seated for these activities.

Patron numbers at these and other businesses will be determined by gathering limits, where the maximum density limit permits.

Where practicable, business operators, staff, volunteers and attendees should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people.

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

Read more about Gatherings, density limits and physical distancing.

Read more about Business restrictions.

Sport, exercise and recreation

Gathering limits will be 500 people (including athletes and support staff) in an undivided space outdoors for community sport and 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premises, or a maximum of one person per 2 square metres under the density limit, whichever is less.

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 when 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.

Sporting facilities and gyms must continue to have a staff member or other authorised person on the premises while open.

Read more about Sport, exercise and recreation.

The Tasmanian Government has currently set a date of Friday 24 July for changes to be made to current border restrictions. However if the public health advice at that time, or in the immediate lead up to that date is that it is not safe to open, border restrictions will remain in place.

Read about the current border restrictions and quarantine requirements.

In line with the easing of restrictions announced by the government, local councils are undertaking a number of protective measures to make sure when their recreational spaces and facilities do open, the safety of the community and council staff is the highest priority.

These recreational spaces and facilities will be re-opened by local councils as soon as possible. Each council will provide updates about re-opening dates on their website and social media pages.

A list of all council websites can be found on the Local Government Association of Tasmania website.