Tasmanian restaurants, cafes and pubs to reopen next Monday as roadmap revealed

Tasmanian restaurants, cafes and pubs to reopen next Monday as roadmap revealed

Tasmanian's roadmap to recovery will see restaurants and cafes open for up to 10 people from Monday 18 May, putting the state on a path to rejuvenating its economy by mid-July.

A staged approach to lifting restrictions has been announced, guiding Tasmania back to a semblance of normality over the next two months.

Some restrictions on funerals and national parks were lifted yesterday, but the major changes will start next Monday.

"The changes are gradual, with careful monitoring of each stage to ensure our safeguards are working in reducing the risk of outbreaks and enabling health authorities to respond if needed," says the Tasmanian Government.

"The timeframe for the implementation of each stage is based on people following the rules and the ongoing success of the measures in protecting the community.

"For the staged approach to work, it needs your support to reduce the risk of outbreaks, ensuring cases can be identified and managed and keep us on track for the easing of restrictions."

Stage One

Stage One of Tasmania's roadmap commences on 18 May and will include allowing:

  • Gatherings of 10 people (except visitors to households, which is capped at five people) for indoor and outdoor including real estate, small religious gatherings and weddings;
  • Funerals can extend to 30 people outdoor;
  • Restaurants and cafes in all settings to open and seat patrons of up to 10 people at a time;
  • Community and local government facilities to open for up to 10 people;
  • Park exercise equipment and playgrounds, pools and boot camps open for up to 10 people.

Stage One will see changes implemented in tranches. The second tranche of Stage One will commence on 25 May and will allow:

  • Kindergarten to Year 6 students return to learning at school;
  • Year 11 and 12 students at extension schools and colleges return to learning at school;
  • Aged care visits will move to national restrictions of two visitors, once per day.

The third tranche of Stage One will commence on 9 June and will see high school students from years 7 to 10 going back to learning at school.

Racing will resume on 13 June 2020 subject to a review and risk-assessment by Public Health Tasmania.

Stage Two

Stage Two of the roadmap to recovery will commence on 15 June (subject to public health advice) and will allow:

  • Gatherings of 20 people for indoor and outdoor including restaurants/cafes, cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres, performance venues, historic sites, religious gatherings and weddings;
  • Funerals up to 50 people;
  • Accommodation services to recommence;
  • Camping, overnight boating and shacks to open with up to 20 people;
  • Gyms and boot camps for up to 20 people;
  • Beauty services for up to 20 people;
  • Park exercise equipment and playgrounds open for up to 20 people;
  • Outdoor community sport to resume, with up to 20 athletes/personnel;
  • Indoor sport and recreation, including pools with up to 20 people;

Visitors to households will be reviewed at this time and border controls will remain in place.

Stage 3

Stage 3 is expected to commence on 13 July 2020 (subject to public health advice) and will allow:

  • Gatherings of 50 to 100 people;
  • Aged care homes allowed five visitors and multiple visits;
  • Potentially reopening clubs, bars, nightclubs and casinos;
  • Markets to reopen;
  • Food courts and food vans at markets to recommence;
  • Spas and bathhouses to reopen;
  • Day trips and camping for school groups allowed;
  • Outdoor community sport to resume (with numbers to be determined later);
  • Indoor sport and recreation including pools (with numbers to be determined later).

Today's COVID-19 Australian case numbers

There have been 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, all from Victoria, bringing the national total to 6961.

Eight people have recovered today, bringing the total recovered to 6190, with 670 cases still active.

Globally there have been 4.17 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed, with 1.34 million in the USA, and 285,945 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.

Updated at 10:49am AEST on 12 May 2020.

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