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Last Updated: 15 Sep 2021 10:05am

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Tasmania is not currently in lockdown. The information below is part of a high-level summary of possible restrictions to assist with planning and preparation for a lockdown.

Open – permitted businesses and services

If a business or service is not listed as “closed”, then it should be assumed to be open. Premises that are open or allowed to operate with restrictions during the lockdown must:

  • Have a COVID-19 Safety Plan;
  • Comply with density restrictions (where applicable);
  • Comply with Check-in-Tas requirements (where applicable);
  • Ensure all staff and patrons wear face masks (where applicable);
  • Take reasonable steps to ensure patrons entering the business are minimising their time in the business and buy what they intend to buy and then leave – no browsing.
  • Ensure physical distancing of staff and customers;
  • Ensure sufficient separation of people when entering or exiting the premises;
  • Ensure sufficient separation of people while in the foyer, lobby or other area designed for waiting; and
  • Provide click and collect or contactless delivery (where possible).

All efforts must be made for employees to work from home during the lockdown.

Permitted retail businesses include:

  • Supermarkets, butchers, grocery stores, bakeries, fish mongers, bottle shops
  • Indoor and outdoor markets for the sale of fresh food and produce provided for takeaway
  • Post office
  • Newsagent
  • Pharmacy
  • Petrol stations and electric vehicle charging stations
  • Urgent vehicle, bicycle, and mechanical repair services
  • Roadside assistance services
  • Hardware, landscape and building supply stores to tradespeople and businesses, and for time critical residential repairs
  • Laundry and dry cleaners
  • Commercial cleaning services
  • Locksmith services
  • Urgent electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services
  • Vehicle and equipment hire
  • Specialist services at telecommunications stores to support telecommunications as a critical service during the COVID-19 pandemic, including access to the internet
  • A business that predominantly sells:
    • Pet supplies
    • Safety supplies e.g. work clothes and personal protective equipment
    • Agricultural and livestock supplies and equipment
    • Medical, health, cleaning and sanitation products
    • Maternity and infant supplies
    • Office equipment and office products for people working from home and businesses

Contactless collection and delivery to be offered where possible

Remaining retail businesses are only permitted to sell “urgent household supplies” if the items via contactless delivery or click and collect services.

Other types of permitted work and services include:

  • Emergency services, including compliance and enforcement activities
  • Banks, credit unions and other financial institutions, and related services that cannot be provided electronically
  • Legal services, including conveyancing, that cannot be provided electronically
  • Public and commercial transport (including freight, logistics, and supply chain operators) and related infrastructure and premises, including airports and ports
  • Boats and pontoons used for commercial purposes (not tourism)
  • Environmental health, including cooling towers, site contamination, regulatory inspections
  • Funeral and crematory services
  • Child care
  • Farming activities and other operations relating to agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, irrigation, permaculture, apiculture, grains, fibre production, dairy, flower industry, commercial fishing, aquaculture
  • Forestry, mining and mineral processing
  • Essential government services, including the administration of justice, Parliament, Courts and Tribunals, correctional facilities
  • Provision, operation and supply of utilities e.g. electricity, gas, water, sewerage
  • Factories and facilities supporting manufacturing, production and processing
  • Logistics, postal, courier and delivery services
  • Storage services
  • Veterinary and animal care services
  • Health services
  • Community services, including organisations that provide urgent services for the health and safety of any person, animal or premises including care for people with needs because of homelessness, family violence, age, victims of crime, cultural, infirmity, disability, illness or a chronic health condition or other essential support service
  • Waste management
  • Pest control
  • Telecommunications
  • Security
  • Removalists
  • Warehousing
  • Other administration and support services provided by an employer to allow employees to work from home (e.g. IT, payroll), if these roles cannot be done from home
  • Ancillary services and supply chains to ensure the necessary production, supply, manufacture, repair, maintenance, cleaning, security, wholesale, distribution, transportation or sale of equipment, goods or services required for the operations of any of the permitted premises or services.

Open – with restrictions

Restaurants and cafes – takeaway only

Licensed premises – takeaway only

Accommodation (hotels, motels, serviced apartments, hostels, boarding houses, bed and breakfasts, short stay accommodation, caravan parks) – only open for certain travellers including:

  • Existing guests
  • Staff or persons engaged to run the accommodation
  • People travelling the State for permitted work
  • People escaping harm
  • People who are in quarantine or isolation
  • Where a primary residence is not available
  • For travellers into Tasmania who arrive as Essential Travellers

Accommodation must not accept bookings for non-essential recreational travel.

Animal parks, including zoos – only open for workers to care for animals or produce food or stock

Call centres that support essential government health services, but not non-essential research or sales

Community centres, neighbourhood houses, recreation centres, youth centres, community facilities, libraries and similar premises – only open to provide essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks and homelessness services

Office buildings - density must be applied to offices, unless it is not reasonably practicable or would pose adverse unintended consequences

Media and journalism to provide critical news or information to the public (not for recreational journalism)

Schools with restricted attendance and without members of the public onsite.

Real estate services only for urgent final pre-sale inspections and enabling access to properties for time-critical maintenance.

Construction and civil construction are closed - other than for permitted circumstances including:

  • Safety or security of the site
  • maintain critical plant/equipment or assets, including partially completed works, that would otherwise deteriorate
  • receive deliveries that would deteriorate
  • in emergencies
  • to deal with environmental risks
  • maintain public utilities eg gas, electricity, water, sewerage and drainage
  • maintain transport infrastructure
  • to manage the spread of the disease.

Closed / not permitted

The following businesses will be required to close, and services will be required to cease:

  • Beauty therapy, hairdressing, tanning, waxing, manicure or other nail treatments, tattoos, ear and body piercing, body modification and other similar services
  • Spas, saunas, bath houses and float spas
  • Massage parlours
  • Tourism activities and services, including cruises and tours
  • Indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including gyms and swimming pools
  • Health clubs, fitness centres, wellness centres (yoga and barre)
  • Organised sport
  • Indoor and outdoor amusement parks, arcades, play centres, skate parks, playgrounds
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, gaming and other gambling venues, dance venues, night clubs, strip clubs
  • Sex on premises venues and services
  • Galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites and similar premises
  • Concert venues, theatres, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums and similar premises
  • Gaming or gambling premises
  • Racing premises, except to train or care for animals
  • Driving schools and assessments
  • Flight schools
  • Adult education
  • Garage sales
  • Door-to-door sales and services
  • Public and business events – eg live performance, sports