Business restrictions

Last Updated: 07 Jul 2021 8:57am

All businesses and workplaces are permitted to operate, but must implement measures to meet the minimum COVID-19 safety standards and record this in a COVID-19 Safety plan. For more information go to COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework.



Gathering limits apply for businesses and activities – see Gathering, density and physical distancing for details.

Under the Contact Tracing Direction, every person 16 years of age or older attending a range of businesses, organisations and events (including staff) is required to provide their information for contact tracing using the free Check in TAS app.

Operators of the relevant locations are required to register with Check in TAS and prominently display the Check in TAS QR code at all entrances to the premises.

If anyone does not have or cannot use a smartphone or the Check in TAS app, they may be checked in by another person in their group, or by the operator or staff at the premises. If no suitable device is available, their details may be recorded with pen and paper.

Businesses are permitted to refuse entry to a person who does not provide the required information.

More information, including when and how staff may manually record contact information, is available at www.checkin.tas.gov.au.

Additional guidance is available through Business Tasmania.

Tasmania’s Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities helps organisers plan COVID-safe gatherings that exceed the gathering limits specified in the Management of premises direction.

The Framework was developed in consultation with the events, sports, arts and entertainment sectors and is consistent with advice from the World Health Organisation, Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, and Public Health Services.

The Mass gatherings direction provides a legal basis for the Framework. The Framework is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect any changes in direction, in accordance with the changing COVID-19 situation in Tasmania.

Depending on the risk profile of the gathering, an event or activity will be classed as Level 1, 2 or 3. Different controls apply to holding an event or activity at each of the three levels.

For more information, refer to the Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities.

Exemptions to gathering limits

The limits 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, and
  • emergency services.

For boats or pontoons used for commercial tourism purposes with outdoor spaces that are used by patrons for the majority of the tour, maximum occupancy will be as permitted by law.

For more information, refer to Gatherings, density limits and physical distancing.

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
  • Boats or pontoons used for commercial tourism purposes with outdoor spaces that are used by patrons for the majority of the tour.

Read more about Gatherings, density limits and physical distancing.

Standing activities

Standing activities – like darts, pool, eight-ball, snooker and karaoke – are allowed in licensed venues.

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.

Patrons in other parts of the premises or event can also consume alcohol while sitting down, subject to density requirements.

For example, a venue with a maximum density capacity of 200 can have 100 people dancing, however the other 100 people must be seated to be drinking alcohol.

The management of risk associated with these activities must also be covered in a venue’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.

If someone hires a venue, such as a community hall, they share with the venue owner/operator the responsibility for managing dance and other activities, including physical distancing and facilitating a safe entry and exit to the premises.

A wide range of businesses and venues, including restaurants, cafes and other retail food businesses where food is sold for consumption on-site, as well as businesses that serve alcohol for consumption on-site, must register and use the free Check in TAS app to collect the contact information of all people aged 16 years and over who enter and remain on the premises.

For more information see “Compulsory recording of contact details” under “Business”.