Sport and recreation

Last Updated: 09 Nov 2021 2:18pm

Gathering restrictions are in place for sport, exercise and recreational activities. These restrictions may be adjusted by Public Health Services over time as the level of COVID-19 risk changes.

For the latest information on restrictions in place, see Current Restrictions.

The Australian Institute of Sport Framework for Rebooting Sport (AIS Framework) is the guiding document for the resumption of sport and recreation and specifies activities for community and individual sports according to the level of restrictions currently in place.

Sporting activities are currently permitted based on Level C of the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport, meaning the following are permitted:

  • full contact training;
  • full competition sport (contact and non-contact);
  • sharing of equipment where necessary; and
  • use of change rooms and other shared facilities.

Larger teams should consider maintaining some small group separation at training and non-essential social gatherings should be limited.

The requirement to maintain 1.5 metres distancing from other people, and to maintain physical distancing when exiting, entering or in the lobby or foyer of a building, wherever practicable, applies to all sports, exercise and recreation.



All workplaces (including sport and recreation organisations and businesses) are required to implement measures to meet the COVID-19 minimum standards and record this in a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The WorkSafe Tasmania website outlines the minimum standards that workplaces are required to meet, in order to manage the ongoing risk of COVID-19 transmission. A set of guidelines has been developed to support the sport and recreation sector on how best to meet the minimum standards.

Sport and recreation organisations and businesses in Tasmania should prepare COVID-19 Safety Plans to ensure they comply with the minimum standards in relation to physical distancing, checking in, cleaning, general hygiene practices and health of participants.

Change rooms, showers and toilets at sporting centres/facilities are permitted to be used, but people are encouraged to continue to minimise the use of these facilities where possible. Non-essential personnel should be discouraged from entering change rooms.

The Tasmanian COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities Framework (Events Framework) was updated on 1 November 2021.

The Events Framework was created to assist event organisers to plan for and host events and activities in Tasmania in a COVID-safe manner, aiming to support event organisers while prioritising the safety of the community.

Events are assessed under the Events Framework according to their size, type, complexity and associated risk factors. Public health oversight is applied to events according to a three-tiered system.

Small gatherings (up to 250 patrons indoors and 500 patrons outdoors) are outside the Events Framework and no application or approval is required.

For further information on the Events Framework, see the Business Tasmania website.

The total capacity of a sporting venue or facility depends on the total space available and seating arrangements.

If the facilities have seating provided (e.g. stadiums and arenas), the total capacity will be equal to the number of seats provided, up to a maximum of 10,000 patrons (not including staff/volunteers/contractors).

If the sporting facilities have both seating and non-seating, the total capacity will be equal to the number of seats provided in the seating areas and, in non-seated areas, a maximum of 1 person per 2 square metres, up to a maximum of 5,000 patrons for the venue (not including staff/volunteers/contractors).

If the sporting facilities do not have seating provided, gatherings are limited to a maximum of 1 person per 2 square metres, up to a maximum of 5,000 patrons (not including staff/volunteers/contractors).

For

  • indoor events with patron numbers between 251 and 2,000; and
  • outdoor events with patron numbers between 501 and 2,000

an Event COVID-19 Safety Checklist is required. Events which have a number of higher risk event factors may be required to provide more information. This may include the need to complete a COVID-19 Event Safety Plan. Examples of risk factors include service of alcohol (particularly over a long period), potential for crowding and congestion, or people in attendance from interstate.

Small gatherings (up to 250 patrons indoor and 500 patrons outdoors) are outside the Events Framework, and no application or approval is required.