Welcoming back our events in a COVID Safe way

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and Events

Tasmania is recognised nationally and internationally for delivering a range of vibrant and bespoke events, reinforcing our strong brand and providing significant economic and social benefits to our State.

Getting our home-grown events back up and running is also a key priority in rebuilding visitation as part of the Government’s T21 Visitor Economy Action Plan.

Today the Government is releasing the Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania, which will support event organisers to plan for larger events from 1 December 2020 while ensuring the safety of our community remains paramount.

The purpose of this Framework is to outline the thresholds, principles and requirements to assist event organisers to identify and manage the risk of COVID-19 for a range of event and activity types in a diverse range of settings.

In speaking with many event companies and organisers during the past six months, I know this Framework will be a welcome step forward, providing a clear set of expectations and a level of certainty for the professional and community event sector as we work to rebuild this important industry.

The Framework establishes three levels of events and the assessment that is required before they can proceed. This means that events will be delivered in a different way than they were prior to the impacts of COVID-19 to ensure compliance with all the COVID-19 measures.

We all have a responsibility to keep on top of COVID-19, and the Framework is a welcome step forward to hosting more 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.

Event organisers can register their events and submit their Events COVID-19 Safety Plan through the Business Tasmania website.

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