Fishing, skating, hiking, boating, eating fish and chips, hanging out on the beach, and catching up over a coffee: It was all happening at Bridport on Saturday.
What gave the occasion an extra sheen of excitement was the fact that doing many of these activities has been illegal for the past several months.
But after Premier Peter Gutwein relaxed social distancing measures more than a week early on Friday, Tasmanians were able to enjoy the long weekend the way they always do.
Launceston resident Monique Zeitzen spent the weekend with her family at their Bridport shack.
She said it was a relief being able to enjoy being at the coast after obeying social restrictions since they came into place in March.
With three weeks passing and no new cases of COVID-19 discovered in the state, despite increased testing, it's now considered safe for families like Ms Zeitzen's to get out of their homes, workplaces, and schools and enjoy Tasmania.
She said Bridport was a great place to do it.
"It's lovely - the sea breeze, being able to walk on the sand, to get away from what we've been doing for the past 11 weeks which is literally just being at home," she said.
"It's really nice, the kids are really enjoying it - it's really tranquil being around the water - it's just lovely.
"Depending on what the bookings are like at the hotel we might go out for a meal, and just get back out into the community."
Bridport Seaside Caravan Park caretakers Amanda and Danny Lee said they had been flat-out getting the park ready for the surprise early opening.
Like many tourism operators, they took the unexpected April/May closure as an opportunity for maintenance, upgrades, and "all the things you never have time to do," as Mrs Lee put it.
Turning power on for their 150 sites, plus ensuring everything was appropriately spaced and installing signage communicating social distancing measures was a big operation.
"We're making sure everyone's safe ... measuring all the buildings to ensure we don't have too many people in at one time," Mr Lee said.
"We've had three days of mayhem, but we got there."
But it was all worth it to be able to welcome guests back to the caravan park.
"It's just so good to see everyone again," Mrs Lee said.
Winter is usually a quiet period in Bridport, but this long weekend Mr Lee estimates they have 50 per cent more visitation than they usually would this time of year.
"We've even got people in tents, braving the cold," he said.
"Quite a few people have said, 'We need to just get out of home'," he said.
"They're taking the opportunity to get out."
The Hall family are one of many who get up to the caravan park as often as they can, usually booking in at least four trips a year.
They had to cancel one planned trip to the park due to the pandemic, along with a cancelled cruise.
But they're looking on the bright side.
"We'll do some travel locally, and probably interstate when the borders open up and we'll do it that way," Mr Hall said.
"We're very excited to get back up here again," Mrs Hall said.
"How could you not love it?" Mr Hall said. "It's perfect; it's paradise."
Son Josh Hall said it would be a classic Tasmanian long weekend: "A lot of fishing, going to the skate park to catch up with my mates - it'll be awesome."