Business restrictions

Businesses, places and services that are closed or open (with restrictions) as of Monday 18 May

The Tasmanian Government has announced a process for relaxing restrictions on the operations of tourism and other hospitality businesses as part of Stage One of easing COVID-19 restrictions.

This includes the requirement for businesses and workplaces to develop a COVID Safe Workplace Plan, before reopening or expanding their current business model in line with the easing of restrictions.

See more information on restrictions and the development of COVID Safe Workplace Plans.

Restaurants and cafes (in all settings including pubs, clubs, hotels, RSLs and sports clubs)

  • During Stage One restaurants and cafes may reopen for table service, with a maximum of two separate dining areas holding up to 10 seated customers (including babies and small children) in each dining area (this number excludes restaurant employees or volunteers).
  • Each setting where dining occurs must not have a density of seated patrons greater than 1 per 4 square metres. Read about how to apply physical distancing rules.
  • The restriction on the number of diners applies to the venue as a whole unless the venue has multiple separate dining rooms (please see below for further guidance).
  • Restaurants may continue to offer delivery and takeaway services. For restaurants and cafes doing seated meals and takeaway, the takeaway customers can be in addition to the 10 seated customers (depending on size).
  • Contact details for the person who made the booking or at least one diner from a walk-in group should be recorded for future contact tracing if needed. It is not necessary to collect the details of people visiting the premises to collect takeaway food or drinks.
  • Restaurants and cafes will be required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Work Plan to implement practical measures to manage the risks of transmission of COVID-19 at their venue.

Restaurants with multiple rooms

For single businesses on a large premises that may have, for example, multiple dining rooms (e.g. upstairs and downstairs, or separate rooms on one level, or an indoor and separate outdoor area), the following principles apply:

  • Each premises/single business may have no more than two separate dining areas of 10 seated patrons (including babies and small children).
  • Each setting where dining occurs must not have a density of seated patrons greater than 1 per 4 square metres. To seat 10 patrons the area itself must be a minimum of 40 square metres (1 person per 4 square metre average applying). If the dining area is smaller than 40 square metres, a lower number of patrons will only be allowed. Read about how to apply physical distancing rules.
  • Multiple timed sittings are permitted as long as at any point in time the seated patrons rules apply.
  • Food must be consumed by each patron. Alcohol only service is not allowed.
  • Separate entry/exit points are not required, but should be used if available. The venue must take steps to minimise opportunities for people to mix whilst waiting for a table (for example, there can be no waiting lobby and social distancing rules apply to any queuing). This could include staggered arrivals for bookings.
  • Each dining area must be separated by permanent structures or a discrete area of the premises that is sufficiently separated from any other area of the premises. It is not intended for temporary structures to be installed to create separate areas.
  • Contact details for the person who made the booking should be recorded for future contact tracing if needed. If the establishment operates a walk-in service, contact details should be recorded for at least one diner from that dining group. It is not necessary to collect the details of persons visiting the premises to collect takeaway food or drinks.
  • Each dining area must have separate wait staff.
  • There is no requirement for separate kitchens or toilets per dining area. However, appropriate cleaning must be scheduled and undertaken.

For multi-business/separate premises on 1 site

Where there are multiple discrete restaurants/cafes (separate businesses) on one large site – each with separate dining spaces, kitchens and toilets – operating largely independently – each can operate as a separate restaurant.

They may operate either one dining area of 10 or if there are separate dining areas within the one restaurant, no more than two separate dining areas of 10 people (see large premises (single business) above) and all other rules applying.

Each setting where dining occurs must not have a density of seated patrons greater than 1 per 4 square metres. Read about how to apply physical distancing rules.

Food courts

  • There is no change to the current restrictions on the operation of food courts (they are still allowed to provide takeaway services).

Pubs, clubs, casinos and similar venues or services

  • During Stage One there is no change to the current restrictions that apply for pubs, clubs, casinos or similar venues or services, which will remain closed, except for restaurants within these venues.
  • RSLs and community clubs can continue to provide community services, however bar and gaming areas must remain closed.
  • Restaurants located within these venues are able to reopen, subject to the restrictions on a maximum of 10 diners in a restaurant (this number excludes restaurant employees).
  • Each setting where dining occurs must not have a density of seated patrons greater than 1 per 4 square metres. Read about how to apply physical distancing rules.
  • As per the current restrictions, only the part of those premises that is legally allowed to sell takeaway alcohol, for example bottle shops may continue to do so. Alcohol may be served with meals.

Accommodation services

Includes hotels, motels, hostels and guest houses, caravan parks (including cabin type accommodation), bed and breakfasts, and Airbnbs.

  • There is no major change to the restrictions for accommodation services and overnight stays, however, accommodation providers may now open to accommodate a person for the purposes of respite due to illness, disability or as recommended by a medical practitioner, and for the purposes of education or training.
  • However, restaurants within accommodation venues may reopen subject to the guidelines for restaurants and cafes.

Real estate and auction houses

  • Face-to-face open homes and auctions are permitted with a maximum of 10 people (including staff) for both indoor and outdoor spaces. Consider recording attendee names and contact details to assist with future contact tracing if required.
  • An auction house that sells livestock, food or other agricultural purposes is not subject to the restrictions on gathering size.

The one person per four square metre rule applies to both indoor and outdoor activities. The 1.5 metre physical distancing rule still applies. Read about how to apply physical distancing rules.

Real estate agencies and auction houses are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place in order to operate.

Home based businesses

A business operating from a residential premises must apply the ‘visitors to households’ restrictions of  no more than five people, in addition to the existing members of the household.

Community facilities or events

  • Indoor or outdoor markets, unless the market is for the provision of fresh food or produce only, and the food is to be consumed elsewhere (and not at the market)
  • Galleries (excluding retail galleries), museums, national institutions and historic sites
  • Garage and car boot sales or other similar means of selling second hand goods, other than a tip shop or charity store

Food and beverage

  • A place where alcohol is sold for consumption at that premises, eg pubs, clubs, casinos, night clubs or similar venue and services, unless the alcohol is lawfully provided with food at a seated table, or takeaway
  • A market that is not a fresh food or produce market (eg a street food market, or a market selling other goods or services)

Entertainment and events

  • Amusement parks and arcades
  • Cinemas and entertainment venues
  • Casinos, gaming or other gambling venues
  • Indoor play centres
  • Concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums (unless for the purpose of live streaming, and the Gatherings Direction is complied with during the streaming)
  • Dance venues and nightclubs
  • Strip clubs and sex workers (these services are not permitted to operate or place advertisements in local newspapers)
  • Horse racing and greyhound racing, unless the racing premises are open to provide care or treatment to an animal, or to train an animal. In this scenario, the only people present at the time the training occurs should be people who are necessary to assist the training of the animal, or otherwise lawfully permitted
  • Ubet betting shopfronts (TAB agencies)

Beauty and personal care

  • Unless one of the following is a treatment or procedure performed by a registered health practitioner within the meaning of the Health Practitioner National Law (Tasmania), the following services and premises must not operate: Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, manicure or other nail treatments, ear and body piercing, tattoos, body modification and other similar services.
  • The following premises are also not permitted to operate:
    • Day spas
    • Wellness centres
    • Saunas and bath houses (including spas)
    • Massage parlours

Sport and recreation

The following venues are not permitted to operate, unless the premises is open for the purposes of providing physical rehabilitation services by a registered health practitioner under the Health Practitioner National Law (Tasmania) or a person who is accredited as an exercise physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia:

  • Indoor gyms and sporting venues predominantly used for sport (including dance, gymnastics, cheerleading)
  • Health clubs, fitness centres, wellness centres, including yoga and barre
  • Premises used for indoor social sporting-based activities (including training)

Nature and wilderness

  • Zoos and wildlife parks, including animal parks and petting zoos, must not operate, unless to care or treat for the animals at the premises, or to produce food or stock