Sport, exercise and recreation

Gathering restrictions are in place for sport, exercise and recreational activities. Easing of restrictions will be assessed by Public Health Services throughout each stage. The following currently applies to sport, exercise and recreation activities in Tasmania.

All sport and recreation facilities listed below can now open for up to 20 attendees, excluding staff, but must meet the four square metre rule,  and all people should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others where possible. Changing area and showers at all sporting centres and facilities are not permitted to be used, excluding toilets.
  • Indoor and outdoor pools may operate for up to 20 people per pool. This may include lane swimming and/or pool-based exercise.  As communal showers and change rooms are closed (excludes toilets), swimmers are encouraged to shower with soap at home before and after swimming.  No spectators other than one parent/carer supervising a child, or a carer(s) supporting someone with a disability.
  • Gyms and boot camps can operate for up to 20 attendees.  For indoor gyms, at least one employee or other person responsible for the premises must be present at the facility while it is being used
  • Outdoor park exercise equipment, skate parks and playgrounds can open for up to 20 people.
  • Up to 20 attendees, excluding staff, are permitted at an indoor gym or sports facility. This applies to the entire premises.  A gym/sport facility cannot have 20 attendees in each separate indoor area of that premises.
  • Multi-purpose indoor sporting facilities are permitted to have up to 20 athletes undertaking sport/training (excluding coaching/support staff) at any one time.
  • Under Level B in the AIS Framework, most sports are limited to training.
  • Outdoor exercise and community sport and recreation activities/training are open for groups of up to 20 attendees (in alignment with Level B in the AIS Framework). For outdoor sports and activities, multiple groups of 20 people can use the same ground/location so long as they are separate groups and allow 4 square metres of space available per attendee. Attendees must also maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from each other.
  • Full training cannot resume for sports or activities that involve person-to-person contact (e.g. boxing, wrestling, holding, tackling, blocking). Modified, non-contact training (such as skills training) is permitted for these activities.
  • Indoor sport and recreation activities/training has commenced for up to 20 attendees (excluding coaches/staff, in alignment with Level B, in the AIS Framework).
  • Yoga, barre, dance schools and other fitness studios can open for a maximum of 20 attendees.
  • Indoor amusement parks and arcades are not permitted to open.
  • Boating - no restrictions on where you can launch your boat, and you can stay overnight.
  • National Parks - no restrictions on travelling to or camping at a National Park or reserve, however visit Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service website to ensure the particular park or reserve you want to visit is open.  Restrictions on gatherings of 20 people outdoors applies.
  • Hunting - You can go hunting, but you must adhere to restrictions regarding physical distancing, season dates and have the relevant licences and permits in place. For more information, see DPIPWE’s COVID-19 Hunting Arrangements page.
  • Sea fishing - You can travel outside of your municipality to fish, stay overnight and launch your boat. For more information, see DPIPWE’s COVID-19 Recreational Fishing Information
  • Inland fishing - You can travel outside of your municipality to fish, stay overnight and launch your boat but you must adhere to restrictions regarding physical distancing and have the relevant licences in place. For more information see Inland Fisheries Service’s COVID-19 Recreational Fishing in Tasmania-Inland Fishing Information

On Friday 8 May 2020, Tasmania’s Plan to Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania was released. The Plan has three Stages to ease COVID-19 restrictions to support the health and safety of all Tasmanians. Easing of restrictions will be assessed by Public Health Services throughout each stage.

The Plan refers to the Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport (AIS Framework) as the guiding document for resuming sport and recreation in Tasmania, although there will be some instances where Tasmania’s approach varies from the AIS Framework.

The AIS Framework specifies activities for community and individual sports according to the level of restrictions currently in place. Tasmanian sporting organisations should familiarise themselves with the activities at the different levels.

Stage 2 restrictions commenced 5 June 2020.  A return to full sporting activity (indoors and outdoors) in alignment with the AIS framework will be considered in Stage Three, based on advice from Public Health.

COVID-19 Safety Plan for workplaces

Under the Plan to Rebuild a Stronger Tasmania, all workplaces (including sporting organisations) will be required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with COVID-19 minimum standards.

The WorkSafe Website outlines the minimum standards required of workplaces to manage the ongoing risk of COVID-19 transmission.  A set of guidelines is being developed to support the sport and recreation sector on how best to meet the minimum standards and are expected to be released in mid-June 2020.

In the meantime, sporting organisations in Tasmania should prepare COVID-19 Safety Plans to ensure they comply with the minimum standards in relation to physical distancing, cleaning, general hygiene practices and health of participants, and the activities outlined in Level B of the AIS Framework.

State Sporting Organisations (SSO) should submit their COVID-19 Safety Plans to Communities, Sport and Recreation (CSR) at sportrec@communities.tas.gov.au. CSR will not be providing endorsement of COVID-19 Safety Plans but will be able to check them for general compliance.

All sports clubs and associations should discuss their COVID-19 Safety Plans with their relevant SSO in the first instance.

Sport and recreation facilities

Sport and Recreation facility owners and managers are encouraged, as part of their COVID-19 Safety Plan, to consider appropriate control measures when reopening facilities, including cleaning and general hygiene practices.

Under Level B of the AIS Framework, general hygiene measures ask that participants ‘Get in, train and get out’, including showering at home and avoiding communal meals and socialising, so that change rooms and other communal facility use is limited.

Changing area and showers at sporting centres/facilities are not permitted to be used however toilets should be open for access.

Further lifting of gatherings restrictions at Stage 3, which may impact the number of people that can attend a gym or larger multi-purpose indoor sporting facilities, are subject to Public Health advice.

For further information, Communities, Sport and Recreation can be contacted at sportrec@communities.tas.gov.au or on 1800 252 476.