Current restrictions

Tasmania has moved to Stage 1 in the lifting of restrictions.

See below the changes made during stage one.

  • All non-essential travellers arriving in Tasmania will be required to enter quarantine for 14 days.
  • Tasmanian residents (not including King, Flinders and Furneaux Island group residents) will be able to complete their 14 days of quarantine at their residence in Tasmania.
  • Non-Tasmanian residents will still be required to complete their quarantine at Government provided accommodation.
  • Tasmanian residents in a government accommodation facility on 18 May will be able to leave and complete their 14 days in their residence.
  • A person can leave quarantine (whether in government provided accommodation or private residence) during the 14-day period for the purpose of leaving the State.
  • Only residents or those exempt as Specified Persons can travel to King and Flinders Island or other islands in the Furneaux Group. Residents travelling from mainland Tasmania (rather than between islands) will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Government provided accommodation quarantine requirements still apply in most cases for these islands.

For more information, go to Coming to Tasmania.

  • During Stage One restaurants and cafés may reopen for table service, subject to the restrictions on a maximum of 10 diners (including babies and small children) in a restaurant or café (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.
  • The restriction on the number of diners applies to the venue as a whole unless the venue has multiple separate dining rooms. Each premises may have no more than two separate dining areas of 10 seated patrons. Each dining area must have separate wait staff.
  • Restaurants may continue to offer delivery and takeaway services.
  • Restaurants and cafés 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.
  • Open homes and auctions may resume face-to-face operation, with a maximum of 10 attendees (including staff).

For more information, go to Business restrictions.

Gatherings increase to 10 people (not including event or premises staff) for indoor and outdoor gatherings, but must adhere to physical distancing of 1.5 metres and a maximum of one person per 4 square metres. These include:

  • Community and local government facilities (excluding staff)
  • Small religious ceremonies and private worship (excluding staff)
  • Weddings (excluding the people getting married and staff)
  • Funerals extend to 30 attendees outdoors, with the indoor limit remaining at 20 attendees (event or premises staff are not included in this count).

For more information, go to Gatherings.

Visitors to households increases to up to 5 people at any one time.

  • The 5 people is in addition to residents of the household.
  • People must continue to comply with the relevant directions.
  • Household members and visitors should practice good hygiene.

For more information, go to Gatherings.

Outdoor park exercise equipment, skate parks and playgrounds are now open for up to 10 people.

Groups of up to 10 people can gather in large parks for recreational activities, eg a reserve. Multiple groups of 10 people can gather so long as they are separate gatherings and well-spaced out.

Outdoor boot camps – up to 10 attendees (excluding the trainer).

Indoor and outdoor pools – up to 10 people per pool (for lane swimming, one person per lane). Spas, saunas and bath houses, whether stand-alone or attached to a pool, remain closed.

Outdoor exercise – groups of up to 10 people.

Sporting groups, outdoor training – up to 10 attendees (excluding coaches/staff), and only where activity aligns with the specified activities in Level B, within the AIS Framework).

For all sports and activities, the 4 square metre rule and physical distancing must be adhered to at all times. This means that the area where the activity will be undertaken must allow for at least 4 square metres of space per person. Participants must also maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from each other. Read about how to apply physical distancing rules.

Full training cannot resume for sports or activities that involve person-to-person contact (eg boxing, wrestling, holding, tackling, blocking). Modified, non-contact training (such as skills training) is permitted for these activities.

Social and competition golf is permitted. Competition golf is limited to four players per hole and groups to 10 participants, not including coaches, staff and volunteers. Golf Australia will be advising Tasmanian golf clubs of the guidelines and measures required and competition should not resume until the measures are implemented.

For more information, go to Sport and recreation.

From Monday, 25 May 2020 school resumes in the classroom for:

  • Government Primary School students (Kindergarten to Grade 6)
  • Year 11 and 12 students at Government extension high schools and colleges

All other students (Years 7-10) should continue to learn from home – unless they are unable to be appropriately supervised or supported to learn from home.

Students attending Catholic and Independent Schools should check with their school to determine what arrangements are in place.

For more information go to Schools and childcare.

Restrictions on visitors to aged care facilities have changed as of Monday 25 May 2020.

Residents at aged care facilities can now have one visit a day, by up to two visitors, for no longer than two hours.

Visits should continue to be either in the resident’s room, outdoors or a designated area in the facility – they should not be in common areas.

Read more about the visit restrictions, including the requirement to have an influenza vaccination if visiting an aged care facility.