Tasmania is not currently in lockdown.
The Tasmanian Government has been planning for a lockdown, in case it is needed as a circuit breaker to COVID-19 being detected in the community.
A lockdown sees significant restrictions quickly placed on a community for a short period of time – three to five days - in response to one or more COVID-19 cases being detected in the community.
A short, sharp lockdown aims to prevent further disease transmission and allow Public Health to trace contacts of cases and ensure they are isolated and tested, while further assessing the risk of community transmission. This work will help determine how long the lockdown is required.
These restrictions build on lockdown experiences of other jurisdictions and Tasmania’s lockdown in 2020, and have been updated given the increased risk associated with the delta variant of concern. This lockdown plan is subject to continual review to take into consideration new evidence and experiences of other jurisdictions.
This high-level summary of the possible restrictions to a lockdown response is provided to assist with planning and preparation. Different outbreak scenarios will require different responses, so the below is a draft that will be adapted in line with Public Health advice if required.
A lockdown in Tasmania may be applied to the whole State or to a regional area only. If a region is in lockdown, there may be restrictions on reasons for travelling in and out of the area, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other areas of the State. Restrictions on travel to King Island, Flinders Island and the Furneaux Group of Islands may also be introduced.
Tasmania’s current lockdown plan allows for restrictions on businesses, gatherings, home visits, and access to aged care facilities and hospitals, as well as the use of face masks.
Should a lockdown be required, the restrictions will depend on the circumstances at the time.
Read an overview of the Lockdown Plan.
View the restrictions below and click for more information:
Face masks to be worn outside the home by people aged 12 and older (unless still at primary school).
Exceptions for wearing masks:
- Children aged under 12 years or at primary school
- While doing certain activities eg eating and drinking – mask is to be replaced once those activities are finished
- Anyone who has medical certification (or other documentation from a medical practitioner) of a physical or mental health condition or disability that makes wearing a fitted mask unsuitable. Evidence from a doctor (i.e. medical certificate) is required if requested by an authorised person
- When at the home of someone in the person’s ‘visitor bubble’ or who they are in a significant relationship with
- When in a personal vehicle without other passengers or where the person and passengers share the same home
- While riding a motorcycle or bicycle
- When working, volunteering or studying in an indoor or outdoor space alone or with people who share the same home
- During intense exercise
- Anyone who has evidence of an exemption from the Director of Public Health.
Your home is your primary residence when lockdown begins.
Stay at home unless:
- Shopping for urgent household supplies within 5km of home, only one person from a household at any one time
- Attending medical or health care appointments, including COVID-19 testing or vaccinations
- A permitted worker - a person working or volunteering for a provider or business that is permitted to operate, and who cannot work from home
- Going to school - if the child of a permitted worker or if unable to learn at home, or going to childcare
- Exercising outdoors once per day for up to two hours total within 5km of home with your household or one other person for safety
- Caring for a vulnerable person or other compassionate reasons
Other permitted reasons for leaving home include:
- to go to work to collect items to work from home
- ensuring the welfare of an animal, within the meaning of section 6 of the Animal Welfare Act 1993
- providing paid or voluntary child minding assistance
- facilitating shared custody or parenting arrangements, family contact arrangements (whether court ordered or otherwise), guardianship or other care arrangements
- relocating to another primary residence, if unable to remain in a primary residence
- in an emergency to avoid injury or illness, or to escape harm or violence, including family violence.
When leaving home for a permitted reason, you must take the most direct and practicable route and return home without delay.
If you’re not a Tasmanian resident and don’t have a suitable place to live under the stay at home direction, you should consider leaving the State.
Urgent household supplies include food, beverages, fuel and medicine.
A support person or dependant can accompany the shopper if required.
Shoppers must buy what they need and then leave – no browsing.
Face masks must be worn.
Check in TAS must be used where available.
Shopping may occur more than 5km away from home if:
- The shop you need to attend is more than 5km away; and
- You travel to the next nearest location
Personal exercise must be completed alone OR with your household OR with one other person for safety reasons. The two-hour limit is across a single day.
National Parks, state/game/nature/regional reserves, conservation and nature recreation areas will be open but only for use for exercise if they are within 5km of your home. Visitor centres will be closed and no camping permitted.
- Indoor and outdoor gatherings are not allowed
- No more than 10 guests at funerals, not including children under 12 months of age and funeral directors
- No weddings, unless for compassionate reasons (eg end of life) and then only five people – the couple, two witnesses and a celebrant
- Only live-streaming of ceremonies and religious gatherings (one person to conduct the ceremony,one to video and one Auslan interpreter)
No visitors to homes unless:
- Supporting a vulnerable person
- Visiting as part of a significant relationship
- Visiting as part of a visitor “bubble” with someone who lives alone.
People in significant relationships can visit their partner, but should try to select one home to live in during lockdown.
People living alone – apart from with children - who are not in a significant relationship, can have one other person visit their home. The visitor does not have to be single or living alone, however, the visitor must not be visiting anyone else as part of a “bubble”.
Schools - child care, primary and secondary including years 11 and 12
Remote learning for all students other than the children of permitted workers and those whose learning cannot be supported at home.
Members of the public cannot enter school grounds unless they are engaged, employed or requested by the school to enter, or in an emergency.
Remote learning for all students, unless programs cannot be run from home or reasonably be delayed or completed remotely (eg exams or maintenance of essential research activities).
Visits to aged care and hospitals will be restricted, including the number of visitors and visit frequency and length. Masks will be required.
Density of one person per four square metres will apply in most businesses and premises that remain open (with some exemptions e.g. airports, passenger transport).
View essential businesses and services, open with restrictions and closed businesses:
Tasmanian residents will be able to return to Tasmania subject to existing requirements for low, medium and high-risk arrivals.
People arriving from low-risk areas will be required to comply with the lockdown measures.
Non-residents will not be permitted to enter Tasmania.
A lockdown may be applied to the whole State or to a regional area only.
If a region is in lockdown, there may be restrictions on reasons for travelling in and out of the area. Restrictions on travel to King Island, Flinders Island and the Furneaux Group of Islands may be introduced.