Face masks at events and gatherings

Last Updated: 20 Oct 2021 3:59pm

Public Health authorities may at certain times require people in Tasmania to wear face masks in public locations, as part of reducing the risk in the community, or in response to local COVID-19 cases.

Masks can be an extra form of protection at events and gatherings where it might be difficult for large groups of people to keep their physical distance. This can be especially important at indoor events, where ventilation is reduced.

From 18 September 2021, masks are required to be worn at any event that has more than 1000 people in attendance, regardless of whether the event is seated or unseated, indoors or outdoors.

If you are attending an event you must wear a mask, including while queuing, entering or exiting from the event.

Masks help reduce viral transmission by infectious respiratory droplets and aerosols that could otherwise spread when an infected person speaks, laughs, sings, shouts, coughs, or sneezes. If the person wearing the mask is unknowingly infected, wearing a mask will reduce the chance of them passing the virus on to others.

Where masks are required, there may be some exceptions to wearing one, including:

  • Children aged under 12 years or those undertaking primary education
  • While doing certain activities, so long as the mask is 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.

Reasons for not wearing a mask are not always obvious, so please be respectful of others.

Read the frequently asked questions about masks.

Information for event organisers

Masks are required if there are more than 1000 people at an event, regardless of whether the event is seated or unseated, indoors, or outdoors.

Organisers of events must inform all attendees, staff and third-party vendors attending the event that every person onsite at the event is required to wear a mask. Full details on the required Events Framework can be found here: download the Events Framework.

The total number of people at an event includes (but is not limited to) the following for the purposes of determining whether the mask requirements apply:

  • Patrons
  • Onsite staff
  • Food and beverage staff
  • Security
  • Cleaning crews.

The total number of people  attending the event (as listed above) are considered to make up the final number of 1000 people at an event.

For further advice, visit COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities.