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
Nightclubs are permitted to operate under Stage 3 restrictions. Where alcohol is sold, patrons must be seated, meaning activities such as dancing is not permitted.
Gathering and density limits also apply.
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.
COVID Music Event/Festival Restrictions
The Tasmanian Government has developed a Framework for COVID Safe Events & Activities in Tasmania to help organisers plan COVID-safe gatherings that exceed the gathering limits specified in the Management of premises direction. Depending on the risk profile of the gathering, an event or activity will be classed as Level 1, 2 or 3, and different controls apply to each level.
From 1 May 2021, Tasmania moved to allow 100% of seated indoor and outdoor capacity for gatherings at music concerts, venues, stadiums, and arenas.
Smaller venues with up to 250 seats can go up to 100% seated capacity without applying.
For venues and events with 250 people or more indoors and 1,000 people or more outdoors, they must apply to increase to 100%.
For all venues holding events at 100% seated capacity, under changes to the public health directions, the following limits will apply:
- in seated areas, the number of seats up to 100%, plus
- in unseated areas such as the foyer, food and drink areas, toilets, etc, the number of persons equivalent to 1 per 2 square metres of the floor space.
- employees/performers/volunteers/service attendants do not count towards these numbers.
- no face masks required at these events.
Maximum capacity and current gathering restrictions for all other premises and events remains unchanged.
The application form to apply for 100% seated capacity can be found here: https://stategrowth.smartygrants.com.au/seatedcapacity
If the event does not exceed ordinary gathering limits
You must still complete and adhere to a COVID Safety Plan. This includes adhering to the current gathering restrictions. You do not need to register your event.
If the 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.
All events must collect patron contact details for the purpose of enhanced contact tracing, using Check in Tas app.
Organisers can register their Level 2 or 3 event for assessment here. Outcome assessment will be notified within 21 days unless further information is required.
- 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.
Support Material for Events
Tasmanian Rehearsal Spaces/Recording Studios
Rehearsal spaces and recording studios can 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.
Tasmanian State Government Website: