State Growth Minister Michael Ferguson says the hospitality industry needs to trust public health advice when it comes to the continued ban on standing up while drinking indoors in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Hospitality Association has again raised concerns about the restriction, claiming the decision to allow drinking while standing up in outdoor spaces has added to the confusion for venues and patrons.
"We have had two weeks with stand-up drinking allowed in outdoor spaces only and this has been two weeks of confusion for patrons and operators, and a challenging time for staff who are forced to police the requirements," the THA said in a statement.
'It has also [been] two more weeks that venues without outdoor spaces have continued to question their viability with many patrons driven away by the prospect of being forced to sit down while drinking.
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"Visitors are increasingly confused with the inconsistent restrictions across each jurisdiction."
Tasmania has gone over 160 days without community transmission of COVID and no cases for 100 days, while Victoria and NSW have both passed 28 days without mystery community transmission.
When asked if he believed the restrictions were "confusing", Mr Ferguson said Tasmania reached its COVID-free status by adhering to public health advice.
"Maybe not everybody agrees with the rule, that's OK, but we need to obey the rule just as there are a whole range of other social distancing requirements that we're being asked to meet," he said.
"It's about keeping each other safe in case there was another outbreak so that we don't have to go through what Victoria has gone through.
"The premier and others have said that we're more than prepared to revisit this particularly when public health advice gives us the green light."
The THA also called for a "roadmap" out of restrictions to prevent further events from being cancelled over summer and to give certainty for venues and event organisers.