Tasmania will start easing coronavirus restrictions from next week.
Premier Peter Gutwein has outlined a timeline for the lifting of restrictions which will start on May 11 with increasing the number of people allowed to attend funerals up to 20 people, allowing one visit a week to aged care facilities and the reopening of parks and reserves to residents within 30kms of their home.
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This comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined a three-step plan for reopening Australia earlier on Friday.
Mr Gutwein said Tasmanians needed to continue to follow the rules and the easing of restrictions would be constantly reassessed against Public Health advice.
"We will continue to march to the beat of our own drum here in Tasmania," Mr Gutwein said.
"If we find we can't move on something based on Public Health advice, then we won't.
"Through all those three stages, I would encourage vulnerable people with underlying health conditions to limit their exposure to other people and stay home where they can."
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Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the return of students to school sites would be staged and cautious.
Kindergarten to year 6 and year 11 and 12 students will return to classroom learning on May 25, followed by all remaining students, year 7 to 10 students, on June 9.
"This plan reflects that learning at home has presented a number of challenges for younger students and year 11 and 12 students," Mr Rockliff said.
"Let me be clear, Public Health advice right now is that the safest place to be is at home if students can be supported in their learning."
Mr Rockliff said the return to school needed to be gradual and he did not want to see students return before the dates outlined.
He said students who were at high risk would continue to be supported to learn at home for the remainder of Term 2.
Subject to Public Health, restrictions in Tasmania will ease in stages as follows:
- Funerals will increase from 10 to 20 attendees
- Aged care visits - once per week with no more than two visitors, managed by the facility
- National parks and reserves will be open to residents for exercise within 30kms of their home
- TasTAFE campuses and training facilities will open for invited small groups of students only attending practical learning and assessment sessions
- Gatherings can increase to 10 people (except visitors to households for any purpose which is capped at five people) for indoor and outdoor, including for real estate, small religious gatherings and weddings. Funerals can extend to 30 people outdoors
- Restaurants and cafes in all settings (including restaurants in pubs, clubs, hotels and RSLs) to open and seat patrons up to 10 people at a time. Seated table service only with social distancing
- Border controls remain in place, except Tasmanian residents can quarantine in their principal residence if it is suitable
- Community, local government facilities and libraries allowed to open for up to 10 people
- Park exercise equipment and playgrounds, pools and boot camps for up to 10 people
- Kindergarten to Year 6 students return to learning at school
- Year 11 and 12 students at extension schools and colleges return to learning at school
- Aged care visits - move to national restrictions of two visitors, once a day
- High schools students from year 7 to 10 return to learning at school
- Racing resumes, subject to a review and risk assessment by Public Health
- Gatherings increase to 20 people at a time for indoor and outdoor, including restaurants and cafes, cinemas, museums, galleries, historic sites, religious gatherings and weddings
- Visitors to households to be reviewed
- Funerals up to 50 people
- Accommodation unlimited
- Camping, overnight boating and shacks open
- Open homes and auctions can resume with 20 people
- Border controls remain in place
- Beauty services (including tattoos, nails, waxing, facials and tanning) up to 20 people
- Park exercise equipment and playgrounds open for up to 20 people
- Outdoor community support to resume with up to 20 athletes or personnel
- Gatherings of 50 to 100 people indoors and outdoors, with the maximum allowable number to be determined by Public Health
- Aged care homes allowed five visitors and multiple visits
- Border controls remain in place
- Consider opening bars, night clubs and casinos/gambling
- Markets to open, subject to Public Health advice
- Food courts and food vans at markets may open
- Spas and bathhouses to reopen
- Day trips and camping for school groups allowed
- Outdoor community sport to resume, with numbers to be guided by Public Health
- Indoor sport and recreation, including pools, to resume with numbers to be guided by Public Health
Throughout all stages, vulnerable people are encouraged to stay home and protect their health.
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