From Midnight Friday 20 May:

Tasmania will remove density and capacity limits from all settings come midnight this Friday. The one person per 2 square-metre rule will no longer remain in place and all venues and events can operate at pre-COVID capacity, although some may opt to keep restrictions in place as part of their COVID safety plans.

Current as of May 2, 2022

You are considered a close contact if:

  • You are living with someone infected with the virus.

  • You have spent four hours or longer with someone in a home, or a health or aged-care setting since they developed COVID.

People who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 12 weeks are not considered to be close contacts and do not need to get tested. If it has been more than 12 weeks since you had COVID-19, normal rules apply again and you will be considered a close contact if you meet the above definitions.

Close contacts no longer required to quarantine, but they must:

  • Immediately have a COVID-19 test.

  • Test daily with a RAT for seven days whenever they leave home. If they are not leaving home every day, they must do a second test on day six

  • Isolate and test immediately if you have any symptoms, even mild.

  • Isolate immediately if you test positive.

  • Wear a face mask outside their home, when in any indoor space, unless a mask exemption is in place. Read more about exemptions here.

  • Tell their workplace you are a close contact

  • Not attend any high-risk settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities, residential disability settings and correctional facilities, unless they're are a critical worker with an exemption. Read about exemptions for critical workers here.

  • Not provide in-home care services for aged or disability clients, unless a critical worker exemption is in place.

  • Not attend a support school unless a critical worker exemption is in place.

It is also recommended that close contacts:

  • Avoid large gatherings and social events where physical distancing is not possible.

  • Avoid contact with those at risk of severe disease including elderly, immunocompromised and those with chronic conditions.

  • Maintain all COVID safe behaviours.


Mask Rules

Wearing a face mask is mandatory for people aged 12 years and older (unless exempt) in these high-risk and vulnerable settings:

  • Hospitals (not patients)

  • Residential aged care facilities (not residents) and in-home and community aged care

  • Residential disability care facilities (not residents) and in-home care, including disability support provider and NDIS-funded services

  • Correctional facilities (not prisoners/detainees)

  • Health care and medical facilities and services/treatments, including allied health

  • Primary (teachers/staff/visitors only) and secondary schools (including students)

  • Early childhood services, including childcare

  • Public transport eg buses, passenger ferries, taxis and rideshare services

  • Airports and aircraft

  • the Spirit of Tasmania and ports.

Masks must still be worn by workers who:

Masks are no longer required at indoor or outdoor events, regardless of the number of people attending, unless specified by Public Health when approving an event under the COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania Framework.

While masks are not mandatory in many settings – such as workplaces; hospitality and tourism premises; personal care; sport and recreation, retail and service sectors – businesses and organisations may require staff and/or patrons and visitors to wear masks as part of their COVID-19 Safety Plans.

Helpful information:

Stay updated via the Tasmanian Government website.


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