Consultation on Events Framework underway

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and Events

Tasmania has a strong reputation for delivering a range of home grown and bespoke festivals and events which deliver significant economic and social benefits to our State, and they are a key priority in rebuilding visitation as part of the Government’s T21 Visitor Economy Action Plan.

As we move to the next stage of our recovery, many Tasmanians are looking forward to being able to enjoy larger live events. To help us achieve this in a new COVID normal and safe way, we are developing a framework to support event organisers to plan and hold their events from 1 December 2020.

While events won’t be held in the same way, the framework will allow event organisers to apply to have greater numbers of attendees and to host a range of events and activities in different settings in a COVID safe way.

Comprising of three levels, which must still comply with existing density and physical distancing requirements, the COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities Framework in Tasmania has been developed to support the sport, arts, events and tourism sectors, and is consistent with World Health Organisation, Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, and Public Health Services advice.

In speaking with many event companies and organisers during the past six months, I know this framework will be a welcome step forward as it will provide a clear set of expectations and a level of certainty so the professional and community event sector can now plan for future events.

Tasmanians love their events, whether it’s a local footy game, theatre production or favourite food and wine festival, and as we move towards the commencement of larger scale events I encourage Tasmanians to show their support, be responsible and to follow COVID safe behaviours to keep doing the things we love.

More details regarding the framework and the process to register and seek approval for events will be made available in the coming week.

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