COVID 19 Industry Recovery

Lifting COVID-19 restrictions - Stage 1 and 2

The Tasmanian Government is allowing liquor premises to gradually reopen, subject to public health advice.

Gaming will be one of the last activities to recommence and further advice will be provided once the first two stages have been successfully implemented. The Branch will be working with the gaming sector to assist in developing a safe work guideline.

 DatePremises to reopenRestriction
Stage 1​
From 18 May 2020

Restaurants and cafes in all settings

Includes restaurants in pubs, clubs, hotels and RSLs


Seat up to 10 people at a time

Only seated table service

Social distancing:

  • 4mper person
  • Further information can be found here

Stage 2

Intended from 15 June 2020

Subject to public health advice

Restaurants and cafes, as above

Seat up to 20 people at a time

Only seated table service

Social distancing:

  • 4mper person
  • Further information can be found here


Each state and territory has its own public health restrictions and different approaches to lifting restrictions. To avoid any confusion, please check the following Tasmanian Government websites or call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline:

Reopening your premises

Liquor operators are responsible for making sure their premises are safe for staff and customers. This now includes taking action to manage the spread of COVID-19.

You must be able to demonstrate how you are complying with the minimum standards for workplaces to manage the spread of COVID-19.

To find out more, go to WorkSafe Tasmania's website.

Stages 1 and 2 - restaurants and cafes in all settings

Here are some things you can do to help make sure your premises is COVID safe and ready.

1.     Review our checklist of liquor regulatory requirements and our Q&As on reopening your restaurant or cafe.

2.     Review the COVID Safe Workplace Guidelines​ for the hospitality industry ​which include actions to manage the spread of COVID-19. Information is included on: 

  • Managing risks to health and safety
  • Cleaning and hygiene
  • Restrictions on entry to the workplace
  • Physical distancing at the workplace
  • Providing instruction, training and supervision in respect to COVID-19
  • Responding to an incident of COVID-19 in the workplace 

3.     Discuss the new public health requirements with your staff. Be clear about what it means for them and customers. Allocate staff to supervise the things that will stop the spread of the virus.

Ensuring premises comply with requirements

The Liquor and Gaming Branch will generally take a supportive and educative approach to compliance and enforcement as premises reopen and adjust to the new environment, except in cases of significant risks to patrons or the community. We will take into consideration genuine attempts to comply with licence conditions and other regulatory requirements.

Compliance Inspectors will be undertaking compliance and enforcement activity as premises reopen and operate. During this time, there will be a particular focus on the following:

  • Marketing and advertising - Alcohol promotions that encourage excessive consumption (such as to celebrate reopening) are not permitted.
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol - All staff must be trained and adhere to safe practices.
  • Licences and permits are current - Ensure that any permit in place before the shutdown is still current and licences and permits are prominently displayed at your premises.​



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