All Tasmanian venues are required to implement measures to meet the minimum COVID-19 safety standards and record this in a COVID-19 Safety plan. This is outlined in the COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework.
COVID Nightclub & Live Music Restrictions
The maximum number of people permitted to attend venues such as Nightclubs, Bars and Pubs is:
- 250 people for an undivided space in an indoor premise; and
- 1,000 people in the outdoor space of a premise.
The maximum density is one person per 2 square metres of available space.
Where the number of people permitted according to the density limit is less than the gathering limit, the lower number applies.
For mixed-use venues with multiple indoors spaces, the 250 people indoor gathering cap applies separately to each single undivided space indoors, allowing for two square metres of space per person.
Where a mixed-use venue with multiple indoors spaces also has outdoor spaces, a maximum of 1,000 people in total are permitted in the outdoor areas of that premises at one time.
The maximum number of people permitted includes staff.
Where practicable, business operators, staff, volunteers and attendees should maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people.
Dancing is permitted along with standing and drinking alcohol in premises with a liquor licence and/or liquor permit.
The management of risk associated with these activities must also be covered in a venue’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.
COVID Music Event/Festival Restrictions
The Tasmanian Government has launched A Framework for COVID Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania to support event organisers to plan and hold large-scale COVID-safe events from 1 December 2020.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. All levels are subject to density limits of 2 square metres of space per person. See below for further details.
- Free moving and mixing: max. 250 people inside and max. 1,000 people outside
- Seated (capped at 50% seated capacity): max. 500 people inside and max. 2,000 people outside
- Combination: Event with multiple separate areas or sites: max. of 2,000 people.
- Free moving and mixing: max. 500 people inside and max. 2,000 people outside
- Seated (capped at 50% seated capacity): max. 1,000 people inside and max. 5,000 people outside
- Combination: Event with multiple separate areas or sites: max. of 5,000 people.
- Free moving and mixing: max. 1,000 people inside and max. 5,000 people outside
- Seated (capped at 50% seated capacity): max. 2,000 people inside and max. 10,000 people outside
- Combination: Event with multiple separate areas or sites: max. of 10,000 people.
Important considerations for event capacity:
- Density limit applies at all levels, which requires a minimum of two square metres per person.
- Physical distancing for all people of 1.5 metres from each other applies where practicable.
- Seated patrons must not exceed 50% of the venue’s total seated capacity.
- All people in the venue (patrons, staff and performers) count towards the capacity limit at the relevant event level.
The Mass Gatherings Direction provides a legal basis for the Framework.
The Framework will be reviewed over time as the rules for mass gatherings and events are updated to reflect the changing COVID-19 situation in Tasmania. The Framework will enable organisers to apply to hold an event under one of three levels.
More information on the COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities Events Framework.
Tasmanian Rehearsal Spaces/Recording Studios
All Tasmanian businesses including rehearsal spaces and recording studios are now permitted to operate, but must implement measures to meet the minimum COVID-19 safety standards and record this in a COVID-19 Safety plan. Further details are outlined in the COVID-19 Safe Workplaces Framework.
You should check with your local space/studio to confirm any additional COVID restrictions that may be in place and if they have reopened for business.
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