Guide for social events

Last Updated: 31 May 2021 12:14am

It’s important to remember that COVID-19 remains a part of our world, even when we are celebrating special occasions or planning our holiday activities. There are still some measures we need to follow to continue protecting our community from COVID-19.

Travel

If you are planning to go interstate during the holidays there are some key COVID-safety measures you need to know about.

The rules:

  • Some states/territories have entry requirements in place and require you to obtain a permit to visit that state or territory.
  • All people coming to Tasmania (including residents) need to register their travel into Tasmania.
  • It is compulsory to wear a face mask at airports and on board planes. An appropriate face mask should be carried by each traveller and worn as required.

What you should do:

  • Check the entry requirements of state(s)/Territory(ies) you are planning to visit. Make sure you have the correct travel registration details complete.
  • Travellers to Tasmania, including returning residents, need to provide their contact and travel details before entering the state. You can do this up to 3 days before your arrival in Tasmania via the Tas e-Travel system. Registering before you arrive will ensure a smoother arrivals process at the Tasmanian border.
  • Carry a face mask with you whenever you plan to travel interstate or return to Tasmania. Face masks are required to be worn at airports and on-board flights. Follow face mask directions at airports and ports.

Heading out (to a venue)

If you’re heading out, make sure you know the rules and keep up the COVID-safe behaviours!

The rules for you:

  • At least one person from each group must provide contact details to the venue in case contact tracing is later required.. The Check in TAS app is one of the easiest ways to do this and this system is in use at many venues.
  • Stay home if you are unwell. Get tested for COVID-19.

What you should do:

  • Ensure you are checked in at each venue you visit. Download the Check in TAS app and register you details. The app is simple to use and your information is secure.
  • If the venue takes bookings, make a booking ahead of time. If your numbers change, advise them as soon as you can.
  • Try to keep your distance from other groups as much as possible and be respectful of other people’s personal space.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes, then wash your hands.
  • There are still some gathering and density limits in place. Be courteous to staff and other patrons if you need to wait to enter a venue that has reached capacity.

The rules for the venue:

  • Venues can have a maximum 250 people in an undivided space in an indoor premises, with a maximum density limit of one person per 2 square metres.
  • Venues can have a maximum 1,000 people in an undivided space outdoors, with a maximum density limit of one person per 2 square metres.
  • Standing and drinking alcohol and/or dancing is permitted in premises with a liquor licence or liquor permit up to a maximum of 100 people in indoor spaces and 250 people in outdoor spaces, within current density requirements.
  • Some types of venues must collect information if a person is there for longer than 15 minutes. Businesses should register on the Check in TAS system. Using the system is compulsory.
  • For more information, see business restrictions.

Staying in

Are you hosting a gathering at your place? Make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest restrictions and keep your guests safe!

The rules:

  • You can only have a maximum of 100 people on your property, this includes children and babies.
  • If you or anyone who lives at the house is unwell, you should not have visitors.
  • If anyone in your house is in quarantine, you cannot have visitors to your house who don’t normally live there.
  • If any invited guests are unwell, they should stay at their home.

What you should do:

  • Make sure you have enough space for all your guests to be spread out and comfortable.
  • Spread out and/or host your event outdoors if you can.
  • Provide hand sanitiser to your guests if possible and make sure there is plenty of soap available at the sinks.
  • Serve food individually where possible – this is safer than share plates.
  • Don’t share drinks to help minimise the spread of germs.