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.

  • 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.

For more information, go to Gatherings.

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)

For more information, go to Gatherings and Business restrictions.

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.

For more information, go to Sport and recreation.

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.

For more information, go to Business restrictions.

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 – see Coming to Tasmania for more information.

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

For more information, go to Coming to Tasmania.

Vulnerable people

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

For more information, go to Gatherings.

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.

Legal Directions to determine the detail of the changed restrictions are currently being drafted in line with Public Health advice. Some restrictions will be updated over coming days. Please check this website regularly and businesses should also keep up-to-date through industry groups and Business Tasmania.

Friday 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. Read about physical distancing and maximum density rules.

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)

For more information, go to Gatherings.

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.

For more information, go to Gatherings.

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.

For more information, go to Business Restrictions.

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. Visit the Parks and Wildlife Service website to check which campgrounds will be open and services available this weekend.
  • 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.

For more information, go to Sport, exercise and recreation.

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.

For more information, go to Coming to Tasmania.

Vulnerable people

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

For more information, go to Gatherings.

Working from home

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

9 June 2020

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

13 June 2020

Racing resumes

13 July 2020

  • Gatherings: 50 – 100 (indoor/outdoor) with the maximum allowable number to be determined by Public Health.
  • Aged care homes allowed 5 visitors and multiple visits.
  • Border controls remain in place.
  • Consider opening night clubs.
  • Markets to open, subject to Public Health advice.
  • Food courts and food vans at markets may open.
  • Saunas and bathhouses to reopen.
  • Day trips and camping for school groups allowed.
  • Outdoor community sport (as guided by AIS proposed framework for rebooting community sport) to resume, with numbers to be guided by Public Health.
  • Indoor sport and recreation (as guided by AIS proposed framework for rebooting community sport) including pools, with numbers to be guided by Public Health.
  • Vulnerable people are encouraged to stay home and protect their health.

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.