LOCKDOWN: What you can and can’t do for the next three days

The below information applies to residents in southern Tasmania. See the list of municipalities currently in lockdown. If you are not in a lockdown area please continue to check in when out and about and avoid travelling into the lockdown area unless it is essential. See more about Travelling within Tasmania.

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Aged care and hospitals

Visits to aged care facilities and hospitals are restricted in Southern Tasmania.

No visitors are permitted into Aged Care or Hospital Facilities, except for end-of-life reasons and other excepted reasons such as essential care and support. Only permitted people can enter and/or remain in a Hospital or an Aged Care Facility after having had a health screen.

Permitted visitors – Hospitals

  • A person who is a patient
  • The person is employed or engaged at the hospital, or a student undertaking clinical placement
  • The person is providing goods or services necessary for the operation of the hospital
  • The person is providing health and medical services to a patient at the hospital, for example a visiting specialist
  • The person is the parent or guardian of a child who is a patient
  • The person is assisting a patient with mobility, communication, or comprehension difficulties or is assisting with legal or administrative requirements
  • A nominated support person for a patient giving birth
  • A person who is providing end of life support for a patient at the hospital
  • In an emergency at the hospital
  • A person is providing support to a patient who is suffering from dementia or similar condition and the person is required by the hospital to assist in reducing distress or confusion in the patient

Permitted visitors – Residential aged care facilities

  • A person is a resident
  • The person is employed or engaged by the facility
  • The person is providing goods or services necessary for the operation of the facility
  • The person is providing goods or services to a resident
  • A person who is providing end of life support for a resident at the facility
  • In an emergency
  • A person is providing support to a resident who is suffering from dementia or similar condition and the person is required by the operator of the facility to assist in reducing distress or confusion in the resident

Businesses

Density of one person per four square metres will apply in most businesses and premises that remain open (with some exemptions e.g. airports, passenger transport).

View essential businesses and services, open with restrictions and closed businesses:

Open – permitted businesses and services

Open – with restrictions

Closed businesses

Exercise

Exercise and sports

Outdoor exercise only, within 5km of your home and no longer than 2 hours. Exercise alone or:

  • with members of your household, including carers or
  • one person from another household for safety reasons only.

Leisure and recreation facilities are closed unless used for physical rehabilitation. Public playgrounds, skate parks, BMX tracks and outside gyms, including static exercise equipment in council parks, are closed.

Community facilities such as halls, recreation centres, youth centres and public barbecues– can only be used for essential voluntary or public services.

Museums, galleries, national and state institutions and historic sites and similar premises are closed.

You can exercise more than 5km from your home if it’s for mobility, accessibility or safety reasons. You should travel to the nearest suitable location and not further.

You must wear a facemask while exercising and can only remove the mask during periods of intense physical exertion.

While exercising you should keep 1.5m distance from other people where possible.

Exceptions:

the exercise occurs within a 5km radius of the household unless it is not practical to exercise within 5km of a person’s premises because of mobility or safety reasons.

Leisure and recreation facilities are closed unless used for permitted physical rehabilitation undertaken by an accredited practitioner, or registered health practitioner under HPRNL (Health Practitioner Regulation National Law).

This applies to:

  • indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • gyms
  • health clubs
  • fitness centres
  • wellness centres (yoga/barre)
  • indoor venues used for sport or fitness
  • saunas and bath houses and
  • other premises or venues

Community facilities – such as halls, recreation centres, and youth centres – can only be used for essential voluntary or public services.

These include:

  • food banks
  • homeless services
  • evacuations
  • after hours school care
  • a wedding or funeral (see restrictions)

This applies to places of worship and facilities owned or operated by councils.

Staying home

Stay at home when possible.

Only leave home for:

  • Shopping: one person per household at any one time can shop for necessary goods within 5km of home.
  • Medical supplies or treatment: including to have a COVID-19 test or receive a vaccine.
  • Work, volunteering or education and child care, where it can’t be done from home.
  • Exercise: with members of your household OR one other person for safety reasons, outdoors only and within 5km of your home.
  • For compassionate reasons: such as end of life care or to support a vulnerable person. Read more detail on compassionate reasons.

If you need to leave home for any of the above reasons, you must:

  • Wear a face mask whenever you are outside your home.
  • Travel to and from your destination via the most direct route available without stopping, except to get fuel, rest or as required by law.
  • You must not stay away from home for longer than is necessary to carry out your activity.
  • You may use public or passenger transport to leave your house for a permitted reason. When accessing public transport wear a mask. Gathering/physical distancing restrictions do not apply in this circumstance, i.e. on a public bus.

If you have left your home for a permitted reason and need to stay somewhere that is not your primary residence, you must treat that new location as your home and comply with the “Stay at Home” restrictions while you are there. You must only stay there for as long as is necessary to complete the task you left home for.

Compassionate reasons for leaving home include:

Child care

  • shared parenting/guardianship/custody arrangements, whether or not the arrangements are on court order
  • allowing a parent/guardian of a child (where the child is in the care of another person – including in detention) to visit the child to
    • meet any obligations in relation to the care, support, treatment or rehabilitation of the child, or
    • to take the child to another person’s premises for care, support, treatment or rehabilitation.
    • to take the child to and from childcare or school.
  • providing child minding assistance (whether paid or voluntary).

Caregiving – e.g. carers, compassionate

  • providing care and support to someone with health needs – for example providing care to someone who is pregnant, has mental or physical health needs or other needs related to age, infirmity, disability, illness, a chronic health condition or homelessness (paid or voluntary)
  • providing care and support to someone at the end of life,for example terminal illness, or for final visitation.
  • supplying adequate food, care and exercise to animals you care for, but that are at another location
  • to seek urgent veterinary services for an animal

Personal relations

  • where two people are in a significant relationship but do not live together (this does not apply if one person resides in a lockdown area and the other person doesn’t)
  • where two people are in a visitor bubble together
  • attending a wedding or funeral

Other reasons for leaving home include:

  • to go to work or school to collect items to work or study from home;
  • to visit a person with whom you are in a significant relationship with or married to;
  • to visit a person who you are in a “visitor bubble” with;
  • seeking urgent veterinary services, within the meaning of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1987;
  • providing reasonable measures, within the meaning of section 6 of the Animal Welfare Act 1993, that are required to ensure the welfare of an animal that the person has in his or her care or charge;
  • attending child care, within the meaning of the Child Care Act 2001;
  • providing child minding assistance whether paid or voluntary;
  • providing support, or care, to another person due to –
    • age, infirmity, illness or a chronic health condition;
    • other matters relating to the person’s health, including mental health, pregnancy and end of life care;
  • facilitating shared custody or parenting arrangements, family contact arrangements (whether court ordered or otherwise), guardianship or other care arrangements;
  • for parents or guardians of a child who is in the care of another person (including if in detention) – to meet obligations in relation to are, support, treatment or rehabilitation of that child;
  • relocating to another primary residence, if the person is unable to remain in their primary residence while this direction is in force;
  • as required or authorised by law;
  • to leave Tasmania; or
  • in an emergency to avoid injury or illness, or to escape harm including harm relating to family violence or violence of another person at the premises.

Visitor bubble

The “visitor bubble” is in place to support people who live alone, and who are not in a significant relationship. A person in the “visitor bubble” cannot be outside Southern Tasmania.

A person who lives alone may nominate one other person to be their “visitor”. This other person does not have to be single or live alone, but they must not be in a visitor bubble with anyone else. A person can only participate in one visitor bubble.

A person who lives alone but who is in a significant relationship is not eligible for the visitor bubble as they are allowed to travel to see their partner. This means they are not socially isolated.

A person who lives alone includes a person who is the sole carer to children aged under the age of 18 years.

When visiting as part of a visitor bubble, face masks are not required to be worn, however visits should be scheduled for times where other members of the nominated person’s household are not present or are in other parts of the home (where practicable).

Home visits

No visitors to homes unless:

  • Supporting a vulnerable person
  • Visiting as part of a significant relationship
  • Visiting as part of a visitor “bubble” with someone who lives alone and who is not in a significant relationship with anyone else
  • Receiving health, medical, emergency or other permitted care in the home.

People in significant relationships can visit their partner, but should try to select one home to live in during lockdown. There must be only one guest at a home at any one time, if more than one person in the home has a significant relation who lives elsewhere.

People living alone – apart from with children – who are not in a significant relationship, can have one other person visit their home. The visitor does not have to be single or living alone, however, the visitor must not be visiting anyone else as part of a “bubble”.

Education

Schools from Kinder to grade 12 in Southern Tasmania will be open on Monday 18 October 2021 (during the three day lockdown) for children of permitted workers and those who are unable to learn at home. Parents and carers may choose to access the Learning at Home website.

Students in years 7 – 12 must wear face masks at school, unless they are not yet 12 years old. Staff must also wear face masks.

Year 11 and 12 exams are permitted to occur.

See which municipalities are included in Southern Tasmania. Schools outside the lockdown area are not impacted.

Schools

It is expected that schools will resume as normal from of Tuesday 19 October.

More detail is available on the Department of Education website.

The requirement for people aged 12 years and older to wear face masks does not apply to primary school children while they are at school.

Read more about face masks.

Universities and other higher education facilities are closed, other than for the maintenance of essential research activities at scientific or medical facilities, or for examinations and assessments. Remote learning can continue.

Shopping

Urgent household supplies are goods that ensure the necessities of an individual or household’s life are maintained. For guidance, this would include:

  • access to safe food and water (i.e. by having a working fridge or oven to store and prepare the food)
  • shelter
  • access to internet or a computer (to continue to remain connected socially, to earn an income, to access government services, to access news and information)
  • another item that would otherwise leave the purchaser or their household vulnerable if they did not have the item.

Urgent household supplies do not include recreational goods or items used for entertainment, leisure, decoration, comfort, pleasure or enjoyment, that if without would not pose significant health or safety risks to an individual or their household. Remaining retail (i.e. non-urgent retail such as games, luxury items, recreation such as books and DVDs, household comforts) must not be sold during the lockdown.

This restricts the movement of staff into retail businesses to facilitate click and collect or delivery services (including associated packaging), during a time when the spread of the disease is not fully known.

The sale of retail will be a priority to resolve once the initial response has occurred.

Only one person from a household can shop at any one time. A support person or dependant can accompany the shopper if required.

Shoppers must buy what they need and then leave – no browsing.

Face masks  must be worn. Check in TAS  must be used in all premises where it is required.

Shopping may occur more than 5km away from home if:

  • The shop you need to attend is more than 5km away; and
  • You travel to the next nearest location

Shoppers must travel by the most direct and practicable route available without stopping except as required by law, or as necessary to stop for fuel or rest.

Contactless collection and delivery should be used where possible.

Face masks

Facemasks must be worn outside the home by everyone aged 12 years and older.

This includes when shopping, exercising or when in a public space.

This doesn’t apply to primary school students, or people who have a medical exemption.

You must carry a mask with you at all times, in case it is unexpectedly required.

Face masks don’t have to be worn if:

  • aged under 12 years or a student at primary school, or
  • a medical exemption certifies that the person has a physical or mental health, illness, condition or disability that makes the wearing of a face mask unsuitable

Everyone else must wear a face mask whenever they are outside their homes, other than when:

  • visiting a person with whom you are in a significant relationship with
  • visiting a person as part of a visitor bubble
  • you are a couple being married
  • communicating with a person who is deaf, or has impaired hearing, and visibility of the mouth is essential for the communication
  • wearing a face mask would create a risk to the health or safety of the person
  • clear enunciation, or visibility of the mouth, is essential as part of employment or training
  • consuming food, drink or medicine
  • undergoing medical care, or treatment, that can’t be provided while wearing a face mask
  • you are requested to remove your face mask by an authorised person
  • working, volunteering or studying alone in an indoor or outdoor space and there is no one else in that space (does not apply if another person enters the space)
  • travelling in a vehicle alone, or only with someone who normally lives with you
  • riding a bicycle or motorcycle
  • doing intense physical exercise
  • there is an emergency and it is not practicable or safe to wear a face mask
  • you may lawfully remove, or are lawfully required to remove, the fitted face covering
  • you are working alone in an enclosed indoor or outdoor area, until another person enters the space
  • an exemption is provided by the Director of Public Health (or delegate).

Gatherings

Indoor and outdoor gatherings are not allowed in southern Tasmania. This includes social gatherings and organised events. Previously approved COVID Safe events cannot go ahead.

Home visitors

No visitors to homes unless:supporting a vulnerable personvisiting as part of a significant relationshipvisiting as part of a visitor “bubble” with someone who lives alone and who is not in a significant relationship.Receiving health, medical, emergency or other permitted care in the home.

Weddings and funerals

No weddings, unless for compassionate reasons and then only five people – the couple, two witnesses and a celebrant. No more than 10 guests at funerals, not including children under 12 months of age or staff conducting the funeral. Read more detail

Places of worship

Only live-streaming of ceremonies and religious gatherings is allowed with maximum three people present (one person to conduct and one to video and one to provide Auslan interpretation). Read more detail

Travel to Tasmania

Southern Tasmania is currently in lockdown. Tasmanian residents currently interstate (who aren’t travelling from high-risk areas) who have travel booked to return to Tasmania between 6pm, Friday 15 October and 6pm, Monday 18 October, will still be able to return home to Tasmania. If you are returning to your residence in southern Tasmania you must wear a face mask in transit and travel directly to your residence and enter lockdown.

G2G passes for travellers from high-risk areas who were arriving in Southern Tasmania are being cancelled and you will not be able to travel to Tasmania at this time. People with approved G2G passes going to other areas of the State will still be able to travel. Non-Tasmanian residents wanting to travel to the state are encouraged to reconsider their travel to Tasmania at this time.

Anyone currently in the state who wishes to leave Tasmania between 6pm, Friday 15 October and 6pm, Monday 18 October is advised to check the restrictions in place in the jurisdiction they want to travel to, and find out whether that jurisdiction will accept your arrival.

If you decide to leave Tasmania from a lockdown area, you must wear a facemask while you travel to the airport or seaport, and travel there as directly as possible without making unnecessary stops.

Travel within Tasmania

A lockdown applies to Tasmania’s southern region area. You must not enter or exit the lockdown area unless you have a permitted reason. Permitted reasons to enter or exit Southern Tasmania include:

  • Obtaining goods and services that cannot be reasonably obtained outside the lockdown area.
  • To attend work that cannot be undertaken at home.
  • To go to early learning (child care), primary or secondary school, if the child cannot be supported to study from home.
  • To provide support, or care, to another person due to:
    • age, infirmity, illness or a chronic health condition;
    • other matters relating to the person’s health, including mental health, pregnancy and end of life care.

You are permitted to exit a lockdown area to provide care to a person if no other alternatives are available, e.g. you are inside the lockdown area but the person you are caring for is outside the lockdown area and can’t access care outside the lockdown area.

You are permitted to enter or exit the lockdown area if you are usually a resident of another area. You can enter the lockdown area to return home but note that once you have returned home, all of the lockdown restrictions apply to you. You cannot leave the area again without a valid reason. If you are leaving the lockdown area to return to your usual home outside lockdown, you must continue to abide by the lockdown rules – see more.

A person who travels into or out of a lockdown area for permitted reasons must do so by the most direct and practicable route available and without stopping (except by law or if necessary for fuel or rest).

A person permitted to enter a lockdown area for reasons outlined above must comply with the lockdown directions while they are in the area.

A person permitted to exit the lockdown area for the reasons outlined above, or after entering a lockdown area, must continue to abide by lockdown requirements when outside the lockdown area as if they were still in the lockdown. They must continue to comply with lockdown requirements until lockdown ends (or 14 days have passed since they were in the lockdown area).

Note – this means you must continue to act as if you were in lockdown even after leaving the area. This includes wearing a face mask while outside your home, staying at home, not receiving visitors, not going to gatherings, and working or studying from until the lockdown ends (or 14 days pass since leaving the lockdown area).

There are currently no additional restrictions on travel to King Island, Flinders Island and the Furneaux Group of Islands at this stage. If you are a resident of the islands and currently in the lockdown area, you should not leave the lockdown area for the duration of the lockdown unless you have a permitted reason to do so.

If you leave the lockdown area to travel home to the islands, you must “take the lockdown” with you. This means when you arrive on your home island you must continue to act as if you were in lockdown. This includes wearing a face mask while on the island, staying at home, not receiving visitors, not going to gatherings, and working or studying from home.

Permitted reasons to enter a lockdown area:

  • To obtain goods or services if those goods and services cannot reasonably be obtained outside of the lockdown area
  • To provide care or support to a person who lives in the lockdown area, provided that no-one else within the lockdown area is available to provide that support or care
  • To return to one’s own home in the lockdown area
  • To move to a new home in the lockdown area, if that move cannot be reasonably delayed
  • To fulfil a legal obligation relating to shared parenting, child contact or guardianship
  • To comply with an order to attend a Court or Tribunal, or giving effect to orders of a Court or Tribunal
  • To ensure the welfare of an animal in the care or charge of the person
  • To go to work if that work cannot reasonably be performed from the person’s home or an alternative location outside of the lockdown area
  • To go to school or an early learning facility if the child is unable to learn from their residence which is outside of the lockdown area
  • To provide transportation to someone into or out of the lockdown area, provided the driver travels directly into and out of the area without leaving the vehicle
  • In an emergency, to avoid illness, injury or harm
  • To attend premises which are owned by the person in circumstances where such attendance is necessary to ensure the structural integrity of the premises, or to prevent significant damage
  • To attend a wedding or funeral that is lawfully occurring in the lockdown area (i.e. for compassionate reasons)
  • To lawfully leave Tasmania provided that the only reasonable point of departure is in the lockdown area
  • For authorised transit
  • In response to a lawful direction given by an emergency management worker.

Permitted reasons to exit a lockdown area:

  • To obtain goods or services if those goods and services cannot reasonably be obtained within the lockdown area
  • To provide care or support to a person who lives outside the lockdown area, provided that no else outside the lockdown area is available to provide that support or care
  • To return to one’s own home outside of the lockdown area, if they entered the lockdown area for a permitted reason
  • To move to a new home outside the lockdown area, if that move cannot be reasonably delayed
  • To fulfil a legal obligation relating to shared parenting, child contact or guardianship and the care or support cannot be provided by another suitable person
  • To comply with an order to attend a Court or Tribunal, or giving effect to orders of a Court or Tribunal
  • To go to work if that work cannot reasonably be performed from the person’s home or alternative location within the lockdown area
  • To go to school or an early learning facility if the child is unable to learn from their residence which is within the lockdown area
  • To provide transportation to someone into or out of the lockdown area, provided the driver travels directly into and out of the area without leaving the vehicle
  • In an emergency, to avoid illness, injury or harm
  • To lawfully leave Tasmania provided that the only reasonable point of departure is outside of the lockdown area
  • For authorised transit
  • In response to a lawful direction given by an emergency management worker.

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