Easing of Restrictions for Tasmania
The information on this page relates to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for the Tasmania. It will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.
Last updated: 07 December 2020
Current Restrictions for Tasmania
From 15 December 2020
Gymnasiums, health clubs, fitness centres, wellness centres (including yoga and barre premises), sport or fitness, premises used for personal training and other pre-arranged sporting activities, whether indoors or outdoors, will be required to collect information of patrons who enter and remain on the premises for at least 15 minutes. This will allow for the rapid identification of people who may have been exposed to COVID‑19 if a case is present.
Owners and operators need to ensure patron information is directly accessible by the Director of Public Health.
For guidance on how to meet contract tracing obligations visit www.business.tas.gov.au/coronavirus_information/contact_tracing
All workplaces are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with minimum COVID-19 safety standards.
Previously, Friday 26 June, Tasmania will bring forward further easing of restrictions enabling more people into businesses.
The maximum density limit will move from 4sqm to 2sqm. This will not apply to some settings as is currently the case (eg. transport and health facilities);
Indoor sport and recreation – maximum density limit, with a cap of 250 persons per single undivided space, including athletes and support staff. Sporting activities can be undertaken based on Level C of the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport. This means:
- use of change rooms and other shared facilities permitted but not encouraged
- non-essential social gatherings should be limited
Sporting facilities, including gyms, must continue to have a staff member or other authorised person on the premises while open.
Importantly, 1.5m physical distancing where practicable continues.
Previously, Friday 5 June 2020 the following are open (with restrictions):
- Yoga, barre, dance schools and other fitness studios can operate with a maximum of 20 attendees (excluding staff) in each single, undivided space, up to a maximum of 80 attendees in each distinct building on the premises at any one time.
- Indoor sporting and gym facilities with multiple separate rooms may have up to 20 attendees (excluding staff) in each single, undivided space, with a maximum of 80 attendees in each distinct building on the premises at any one time.
- Indoor gym facilities must have at least one employee (or other person responsible for the premises) present at the facility at all times while it is being used.
- Multi-purpose indoor sporting facilities are permitted to have up to 20 attendees undertaking sport/training (excluding coaching/support staff) in each single, undivided space, with a maximum of 80 attendees in each distinct building on the premises at any one time.
- Full training cannot resume for sports or activities that involve person-to-person contact (e.g. boxing, wrestling, holding, tackling, blocking). Modified, non-contact training (such as skills training) is permitted for these activities.
Read more information about sport and recreation.
The maximum attendee number excludes staff, but do include children and babies. The four square metre rule must be complied with and all people should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others where possible. Read more about physical distancing.
Under Level B of the AIS Framework, participants are encouraged to ‘get in, train and get out’, including showering at home and avoiding communal meals and socialising.
Changing area and showers at sporting centres/facilities are not permitted to be used however toilets should be open for access.
Indoor gym facilities must have at least one employee (or other person responsible for the premises) present at the facility at all times while it is being used.
Previously, under Stage 1 (from 11 May), the following was permitted:
“Gatherings increase to 10 people (not including event or premises staff) for indoor and outdoor gatherings, but must adhere to physical distancing of 1.5 metres and a maximum of one person per 4 square metres.”
“Boot camps open for up to 10 people with physical distancing of 1.5 metres required. Bring your own equipment where possible (e.g. fitness mat) or disinfect communal equipment between uses.”
The Tasmanian government advised us by email on 11 May that “non-traditional service providers” may continue to provide healthcare services from a medical or health services facility and not from premises such as gymnasiums, health clubs, fitness centres, wellness centres and other similar premises or venues.
The Tasmanian government directions (Gatherings No. 8) prohibit:
“13. All indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gymnasiums, health clubs, fitness centres, wellness centres (including yoga and barre premises), indoor venues used for sport or fitness, saunas, bath houses and other similar premises or venues, other than such part of the premises or venue used to provide physical rehabilitation services if –
(a) the rehabilitation services are provided by, or under the direction of:
(i) a registered health practitioner within the meaning of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Tasmania); or
(ii) a person who holds accreditation, as an accredited exercise physiologist, with Exercise and Sports Science Australia Ltd (ABN 14 053 849 460); and
(b) each person in that part of the premises complies with the requirements of paragraphs
(g) where safe and practicable, each person must maintain a distance of no less than 1. 5 metres between the person and any other person; and
(h) in any gathering, the total number of persons present in any single undivided space, at the same time, must not exceed the number calculated by dividing the total area of the space used, as measured in square metres, by 4 ”
(f) a reference to a gathering does not include the following gatherings:
(vi) at a medical or health service facility, including such part of the facility used to provide physical rehabilitation services, that is necessary for the normal business of the facility