Coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed early in Tasmania, with Premier Peter Gutwein saying on Tuesday there was "strong confidence" it was safe to bring forward the next stage.
From 3pm this Friday, stage 2 restrictions will apply, coming into place 10 days early, ahead of the long weekend.
Stage 3 restrictions will also be brought forward, Mr Gutwein said, with a decision on when this will occur to be made later this month.
"We're only here because we came together and we worked hard," Mr Gutwein said, thanking Tasmanians for their discipline, compassion and respect of the rules.
He said the restrictions had worked given the state had not recorded a positive case for 17 days.
Under stage 2, gatherings of up to 20 people are permitted for indoor and outdoor venues, cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres, performance venues, historic sites, religious gatherings and weddings".
Up to 40 people can be seated at businesses such as restaurants and cafes
Pubs and clubs, excluding nightclubs can also serve up to 40 people without the need to dine-in.
Accommodation will be able to reopen, overnight camping and staying at shacks will be allowed, and funerals can be attended by up to 50 people.
Mr Gutwein said high schools would still return next week, while racing would also resume then.
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