Public gatherings

Last Updated: 27 Mar 2020 6:32pm

Non-essential gatherings

Social and sporting gatherings of more than 10 people must now be avoided. This covers both indoor and outdoor gatherings.

This means not congregating in places such as beaches, parks, playgrounds, sports fields, race tracks, shopping centres or malls in groups of more than 10.

This also applies to our own homes, except if more than 10 people live in your home.

Even in smaller groups we must keep our distance - at least 1.5 metres or two large steps, or one person per 4 square metres wherever possible.

Venue closures

As of midnight Wednesday 25 March 2020, the following are not permitted to operate:

  • Hotels, motels, hostels, bed and breakfasts and boarding houses (excluding permanent residents and workers). NB: People who are staying at all these accommodation types in Tasmania, have until 11.59pm Wednesday 1 April 2020 to depart. Anyone self-isolating must continue to do so for the 14-day self-isolation period. New bookings cannot be made. See emergency accommodation for travellers for more information
  • Caravans, camping parks and campsites (except where people live permanently or if their primary residence isn’t available). NB: People who are staying at caravan parks in Tasmania, have until 11.59pm Wednesday 1 April 2020 to depart
  • Amusement parks and arcades
  • Auction houses
  • Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons and tattoo parlours
  • Boot camps and personal training sessions (excluding outdoor sessions, which are limited to groups of 10 people and social distancing of one person per four square metres applied)
  • Cafés (excepting takeaway service and home delivery, cafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless, workplace canteens can provide takeaway)
  • Community and recreation centres, unless being used to host essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services
  • Community facilities, such as halls, clubs and RSLs
  • Concert venues, theatre, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums
  • Food courts, except for delivery and takeaway
  • Funerals maximum attendance of no more than 10 people* and where the one person per four square metre rule applies
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions and historic sites
  • Hairdressers and barber shops - limited to 1 person per 4 square metre rule and personal contact minimised as much as possible
  • Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor play centres
  • Libraries, community centres and youth centres
  • Local government non-essential facilities and services, such as libraries and pools
  • Outdoor markets (other than food or farmers markets)
  • Places of worship
  • Real estate auctions and open house inspections - private inspection appointments permitted
  • Saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres
  • Social sporting-based activities
  • Spas and massage parlours
  • Strip clubs, and sex on premises venues
  • Swimming pools
  • Weddings - maximum attendance of no more than five people and where the one person per four square metre rule applies.

*Additional family members might be able to attend a funeral under special circumstances, provided States and Territories provide the exemption.

The new closures are in addition to the following facilities, which stopped operating from noon Monday 23 March 2020:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafés will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Religious gatherings and places of worship.

How long will these measures be in place?

These measures will be regularly reviewed based on advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

How will businesses be supported during this time?

The Tasmanian and Australian Governments have announced significant support packages for affected businesses.

The Tasmanian Government is working with business and industry to provide advice through peak organisations and directly to businesses.

Both the Tasmanian and Australian Governments have announced significant packages of support with cash payments, tax breaks, and interest free loans to support businesses affected by these necessary changes to help stop the spread of the virus.

Affected workers will be supported with cash payments, increased job-seeker payments and the ability to access their superannuation early to assist during periods of unemployment relating to COVID-19.

Why are shopping centres still open?

At this time shopping centres remain open to ensure that the community is able to purchase essential supplies and access services. The Government will continue to take advice on as the COVID-19 situation continues.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

Compliance with the closure measures is compulsory under the law. Non-compliance with these measures can lead to fines and penalties, including three months’ imprisonment.

Essential gatherings

Essential gatherings must restrict the number of people present to:

  • 500 for outdoor gatherings
  • 100 for indoor gatherings

Essential indoor gatherings

An indoor gathering takes place within a single enclosed area (a single room or area).

Essential activities include:

  • essential workplaces
  • health care settings
  • pharmacies
  • food shopping
  • schools and universities
  • public transport and airports

These essential indoor gatherings should apply social distancing and good hygiene practices, including:

  • being able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between people
  • providing hand hygiene products and suitable rubbish bins, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal.

Essential outdoor gatherings

Essential outdoor events of less than 500 attendees can proceed. All events must follow these rules:

  • Consider the size of the space, the number of people in it, and how much room people have to move around safely — people must be able to keep 1.5 metres apart.
  • Make hand hygiene products and suitable rubbish bins readily available.
  • Conduct frequent cleaning and waste disposal.

Events hotline

If you run an event and would like further advice on this matter, you are encouraged to contact Events Tasmania on 1300 880 634.

Business hotline

If your business has been impacted by restrictions due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 to discuss your situation and register your impact.