State Parliament will return on Tuesday but it may be be the last sitting week for a while.
Leader of the House Michael Ferguson said a decision about whether Parliament would return in April as is currently scheduled would be made closer to that time given the fluid and fast-moving nature of current events.
He said Parliament this week would be going ahead with altered proceedings in order to place the focus on urgent legislation needed to assist in managing the current emergency response to COVID-19.
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"This includes the supply bills required to allow the state budget to be delayed until later this year, as flagged by the Premier on the weekend," Mr Ferguson said.
"With the agreement of the opposition and the Greens there will only be one Question Time this week with the remainder of the week to be focussed on dealing with the urgent legislation."
Mr Ferguson said the social distancing measures implemented last week would be maintained this week, with further reduction in the number of politicians and staff present in Parliament House.
"Social distancing measures to minimise risks to members have also been increased in the Legislative Council this week," Mr Ferguson said.
"By moving additional members off the chamber benches we can have a maximum clear space between members."
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Premier Peter Gutwein will also announce a second state stimulus package on Wednesday.
Labor leader Rebecca White said her party had been urging the government to move on residential tenancies and commercial tenancies to ensure there could be no forced evictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
"We don't want to see this crisis put people into poverty or homelessness," Ms White said.
"Once we deal with these urgent bills, and make sure people can stay home and not worry about the costs of doing so, then Parliament I'm guessing will rise until it's required to come back again."
Greens leader Cassy O'Connor said it was her understanding any contentious legislation, for example the government's new gaming legislation, would be delayed until after the coronavirus crisis.
"I think that this week's sitting will be the last time that Parliament sits for a while. We don't know what the proposed return date would be but we understand the state budget will be delivered in October," she said.
"Not having Parliament sit does present some democratic challenges but the nature of the current relationship between the three political parties and the independent in the lower house is one of working together to the greatest extent possible.
"There's a collective view among all parties in the Tasmanian Parliament that these are very difficult times and they require us all to act cooperatively and responsibly."
Meanwhile, the government is seeking to postpone the upcoming Legislative Council elections for the seats of Rosevears and Huon due to be held on May 2 until May 30.
"The Tasmanian Electoral Commission Commissioner advises that this later date will allow the TEC to take a range of steps to assist voters to a postal vote or pre-poll vote, should they wish," said Attorney-General Elise Archer.