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Summer events to go ahead under new framework


The Tasmanian Government has released a new plan aimed at allowing various events to go ahead over coming months. 

Speaking after National Cabinet on Friday, Premier Peter Gutwein said it's hoped the three-step framework will permit harness racing cups, the Sydney-Hobart yacht race and music festivals in COVID-safe environments.

Organisers will be able to apply to host a large gathering, where patron attendance exceeds current restrictions.

The state is currently at Level 1 which allows:

- Free moving oudoor events up to 1000 people. This goes to 2000 under Level 2 and 5000 at Level 3.

- Free moving indoor events up to 250 people. This goes to 500 under Level 2 and 1000 at Level 3.

- Seated outdoor events at 50% capacity up to 2000 people. This goes to 5000 under Level 2 and 10,000 at Level 3.

- Seated indoor events at 50% capacity can have up to 500 people. This goes to 1000 under Level 2 and 2000 at Level 3. 

- Events with multiple separate areas up to 2000 people. This goes to 5000 under Level 2 and 10,000 at Level 3. 

Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch also flagged revising restrictions on dancing and "vertical drinking".

"We'll thinking about that over the coming weeks," he said

"I'd like to think we could move to vertical drinking outside at some stage but that will be a matter for Public Health," Premier Gutwein said.

It comes as Tasmania prepares to open its borders to all Australian jursidictions except NSW and Victoria on Monday.

New Zealand has been added to the list of low-risk areas as well, as talks continue on the possibility of direct flights.

Tasmania's State of Emergency which is due to expire on Monday has NOT been extended, but the Public Health Emergency remains in place.

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