COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and updates

Blue and pink Covid-19 update

If you think you may have come in contact with the COVID-19 virus and feel unwell, please call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for advice.

Playgrounds and skateparks open

As of 18 May, all parks, playgrounds and skateparks in the City of Hobart area are open for use. Users of these facilities much adhere to state government guidelines for physical distancing:

  • Outdoor play and exercise equipment can be used by a maximum of 10 people at a time, provided physical distancing is maintained. 
  • Groups of up to 10 people can gather in large parks for recreational activities.
  • At a large park, multiple groups of 10 people can gather so long as they are separate gatherings and well-spaced out.
  • Outdoor boot camps and exercise groups can operate with up to 10 attendees, excluding the trainer. 

Full details at coronavirus.tas.gov.au.  

Roadmap to Recovery

The Tasmanian Government has released its Roadmap to Recovery, outlining a staged lifting of restrictions subject to public health advice.

Changes effective from 18 May include:

  • Visitors to households increases to up to 5 people at any one time.
  • Gatherings increase to 10 people (not including event or premises staff) for indoor and outdoor gatherings, but must adhere to physical distancing of 1.5 metres and a maximum of one person per 4 square metres.
  • Local parks and playgrounds are open for activities for groups of up to 10 people.
  • Restaurants and cafes in all settings (including restaurants in pubs, clubs, hotels and RSLs) to open and seat patrons of up to 10 people at a time.
  • Border controls remain in place except domestic travelling Tasmanian residents, who can quarantine in their primary residence if it is suitable.

Visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au for full details.

Wellington Park has reopened

As of Monday 11 May, Wellington Park, along with all Tasmanian national parks and reserves, are open for exercise purposes. The Tasmanian Government has advised that residents may attend these parks and reserves if they are within 30km of their place of residence. Pinnacle Road remains closed to motorised vehicles.

Exercising includes activities such as mountain biking, swimming or surfing at beaches that are normally permitted in the park or reserve. Residents must still maintain 1.5 metres between each other, limit groups to two people, except for household members, and return home once they have completed their exercise. If carparks are full, residents are asked to return at another time. More information at coronavirus.tas.gov.au

COVID-19 testing criteria expanded

The criteria for testing has been expanded in Tasmania. If you have a fever, runny nose, cough, sore/itchy throat or shortness of breath, call your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange to be tested for COVID-19. Testing is only available with a referral from a GP or the Public Health Hotline. A testing clinic is currently operating in Hobart.

After being tested, you will be instructed to self-isolate until you’ve been told your test result. The clinic that conducted your test or your GP will call you with your results. It usually takes at least 48 hours.

For more information see Testing for COVID-19.

Current restrictions due to COVID-19

Restrictions in Tasmania have begun to ease. Information relating to current restrictions can be found on the state government's Coronavirus website.

More information is available on a detailed Q&A page.

See the full list of restricted business activities

For detailed information on COVID-19 in Tasmania, current restrictions and other advice, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au.

For updates relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia, visit health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert