Gatherings, density and physical distancing

Last Updated: 12 Oct 2022 11:22am

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Density and gatherings 

Limits on the number of people allowed in a space (based on the 1 person per 2 square metres) no longer apply. There are currently no density or gathering restrictions in place. However an individual business or premises may choose to place maximum capacity numbers on their premises as part of their COVID-19 safety plan.

Physical distancing

COVID-19 spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with each other.

In any gathering or setting it is recommended that there is sufficient space at the event to enable patrons to keep a reasonable distance from each other.

Physical distancing continues to be the strongest safeguard to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You should continue to maintain a safe distance of no less than 1.5 metres between yourself and others, where safe and practical.

Physical distancing in schools

Children in schools, early childhood centres and playgroups are not required to maintain physical distance.

However, adults in these settings (including parents and carers) are recommended to still maintain a reasonable distance from each other.

COVID-19 Safety at Events

Events are an important part of our community. They contribute to our culture, economy and connectedness. COVID-19 safety at events contributes to community confidence and safety.

From 12 October 2022, events in Tasmania will no longer be regulated by specific COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines.

This means there are no requirements for event organisers to submit COVID-19 safety plans and gain approval from Public Health to conduct their events.

However, events must still be conducted safely and in accordance with the requirements and recommendations of local government, workplace health and safety regulators, and others.

For the foreseeable future it is important to act to reduce the chances of COVID-19 spreading at an event.

Reducing the risk of COVID-19 spreading at an event is supported by:

  • Asking patrons and staff not to attend if unwell
  • Providing sufficient space at the event to enable patrons to keep a reasonable distance from each other
  • Supporting those who choose to wear a facemask
  • Enabling hand washing and sanitising
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Ensuring the person or team responsible for safety consider and manage COVID-19 risk

Support materials

Public Health has developed guidance to help event organisers to manage COVID-19 safety.

This supports event organisers to understand and implement key actions for COVID-19 safety at events and make the health and safety of staff and patrons the priority.

Public Health Guidance COVID-19 safety at events

Promoting your event through social media

Further support and information

Public Health can provide COVID-19 safety advice to assist with event planning.