Guide for social events

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2021 2:24pm

It’s important to remember that COVID-19 remains a part of our world, even when we are hosting events, celebrating special occasions or planning holiday activities. There are still some measures we need to follow to continue protecting our community from COVID-19.

Heading out (to a venue)

If you’re heading out to an event or even just to catch up with family/friends, make sure you know the rules and keep up the COVID-safe behaviours.

The rules for you:

  • Check in using the Check in TAS app. Check in is compulsory at most places. If you don’t have a smartphone or can’t check in yourself, don’t worry – someone else from your group can check in for you or you can ask staff to check you in.
  • Stay at home if you are unwell. Get tested for COVID-19. It is very easy to spread illness when people who are unwell don’t stay at home.
  • If you attend an event that is registered to host more than a thousand people, you need to wear a face mask.

What you should do:

  • Ensure you are checked in at each venue you visit. Download the Check in TAS app and register your details.
  • If the venue takes bookings, make a booking ahead of time. If your numbers change, advise them as soon as you can.
  • Try to keep your distance from other groups as much as possible and be respectful of other people’s personal space.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then wash your hands.
  • There are still some gathering and density limits in place. Be courteous to staff and other patrons at all times and follow direction that are in place to keep patrons safe.
  • It’s a good idea to carry a mask with you just in case.

The rules for the venue:

  • Venues can have a maximum 250 people in an undivided space in an indoor premises, with a maximum density limit of one person per 2 square metres.
  • Generally, venues can have a maximum 1,000 people in an undivided space outdoors, with a maximum density limit of one person per 2 square metres. Events that will host more than 1,000 people must be registered through the Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities.
  • Any event that is registered to host more than 1000 people will be required to ask patrons to wear a face mask.
  • Most businesses, venues and events must register on the Check in TAS system to assist with contract tracing efforts.
  • For more information, see business restrictions.

Hosting at home

Are you hosting a gathering at your place? Make sure you take care of your guests by being COVID-safe.

The rules:

  • You can only have a maximum of 100 people on your property, this includes children and babies.
  • If you or anyone who lives at the house is unwell, you should not have visitors.
  • If anyone in your house is in quarantine or isolation, even if you feel well, you cannot have visitors.

What you should do:

  • Make sure you have enough space for all your guests to be spread out and comfortable.
  • Where possible, host your event outdoors where there is fresh air and ventilation.
  • Provide hand sanitiser to your guests and make sure there is plenty of soap available at the sinks.
  • Serve food individually where possible – this is safer than share plates.
  • Don’t share drinks to help minimise the spread of germs.
  • And be understanding if guests can’t make it because they feel unwell.


If you are considering an interstate trip for a holiday or event, there are some key COVID-safety measures and rules you need to know about. Border rules can change quickly and without warning due to new COVID-19 outbreaks. You should consider a number of factors before deciding to travel. Ready to Travel provides a good overview of the risks, what to expect and how to plan your travel.