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COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities

A Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government launched A Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania to support event organisers to plan and hold larger-scale COVID-19 safe events.

Depending on the risk profile of the event, it will be classed as Level 1, 2 or 3, and different controls will apply depending on the level. These levels are defined on pages 7-13 of the Event Framework.

The Framework applies to gatherings that exceed the ordinary gathering limits, which permit up to 250 inside and 1 000 people outside.

If your event does not exceed ordinary gathering limits

You must complete and adhere to a COVID Safety Plan. You must adhere to current  gathering restrictions. You do not need to register your event.

You must collect patron contact details for the purpose of enhanced contact tracing, using Check in Tas app.

If your event does exceed ordinary gathering limits

You must thoroughly read the Event Framework, complete and adhere to a COVID Safety Plan, and register your event for approval (more information on the approval process below).

You must collect patron contact details for the purpose of enhanced contact tracing, using Check in Tas app.

Support materials

We have a range of support materials to assist event organisers to hold a COVID safe event, and where applicable to register their event under the framework:

A Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania

WorkSafe Events COVID-19 Safety Plan template

Guidance on Managing Events and Activities in a COVID-19 Environment

Community Event Guidance

Guide for Cultural and Creative Sectors

Frequently Asked Questions

Entertainment venue capacity factsheet

Religious organisations and funerals capacity factsheet

NEW: ANZAC Day 2021 Event Guidance

Registration process

Register your Level 2 or Level 3 event here.

The Director of Public Health has requested that event organisers register Level Two and Three events and activities, as defined on pages 7-13 of the Event Framework, to ensure that:

  • organisers can be contacted immediately if circumstances change or if a person who attended is identified as a COVID-19 case following the event; and
  • police, emergency and health services are aware of the number and magnitude of upcoming events and can allocate resources accordingly.

Register your Level 2 or 3 event for assessment here. You will be notified of the outcome of this assessment within 21 days, unless further information is required.

Please review Frequently Asked Questions here, and if you have further questions please contact the team at Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or email ask@business.tas.gov.au.

Increased capacity for theatres and cinemas

On 9 April 2021, the Premier announced that theatres and sporting venues would be moving to 100 per cent seated capacity from early May 2021.

We are working with Public Health towards implementing this change.

Currently, operators of Tasmanian cinemas, concert venues and theatres, as well as outdoor sporting venues, may apply to increase the number of people attending events in these venues.

Larger venues can apply to increase the number of patrons to up to 75 per cent of the fixed seating capacity. However, if the density limit of one person for every two square metres is exceeded, people attending and staff must wear a facemask (unless a person is exempt).

Small cinemas, concert venues and theatres can increase patron numbers up to 75 per cent of seated capacity of the indoor space, up to a maximum of 250 people, without applying.

Outdoor stadiums and arenas with outdoor fixed seating areas, can have a maximum of up to 75 per cent of the fixed seats provided.

Here is a factsheet to clarify whether or not you are eligible to apply.

Click here to apply for up to 75 per cent fixed seating capacity.

Increased capacity for religious organisations and funerals

For religious services and funerals with more than 250 people (where attendees are seated most of the time), the number of attendees that may be permitted at any time is up to 75 per cent of the fixed seating capacity, subject to assessment and approval by Public Health.

If being filled to 75 per cent of fixed seating capacity will cause the density to be more than one person per two square metres, there are two options:

  • either everyone indoors at the event must wear a fitted face covering (unless they are exempt);or
  • the number of attendees must be lowered until the density limit is not exceeded.

For smaller religious gatherings, there may be up to 250 attendees or the equivalent of 75 per cent of fixed seating capacity, whichever is fewer, without assessment or approval.

Here is a factsheet with FAQs and information on calculating allowable attendee numbers.

Please click here to apply for up to 75 per cent seated capacity.