Tasmania's hospitality industry says many venues are questioning their viability because they are being bound by some of the harshest COVID-19 restrictions in Australia despite months without a case.
Tasmanian Hospitality Association chief executive Steve Old said venue operators were "extremely frustrated" that restrictions remained on vertical drinking indoors and dancing.
"We've had 113 days without an active case and we're imploring the Tasmanian Government to stand up for hospitality operators and relieve the seated drinking restrictions indoors and allow for at least limited numbers to dance," Mr Old said.
"It is illogical how long these restrictions have been in place.
"Operators and the general public continue to be mystified as to why our Health Department continue to sit on their hands, despite the progressive easing of restrictions in other states with far more recent COVID-19 cases.
"New South Welshmen can dance, Queenslanders can stand up and drink indoors and outdoors, and Western Australians have basically been restriction-free for over five months."
Mr Old said venues and patrons had proved that they could and would comply with contact tracing requirements.
He questioned what needed to be done to get restrictions eased.
"This should be the busiest time of the year for operators and a chance for them to accelerate the recovery from such a tough period, but venues are still questioning their viability.," Mr Old said.
"They are essentially facing three 'winters' in a row with no confidence that this summer will be any busier than the notoriously quiet winter period.
"That means operators won't see a summer until this time next year."
Many venues and hire companies had missed out on bookings for Christmas and end of year functions, he said, which was a primary part of their trade at this time of year.
"We just hope the Government is looking at this now so that those venues might still get a couple of weeks' worth of functions in before Christmas and during the New Year period," Mr Old said.
"The government are basically encouraging people to celebrate at home, where there is no restrictions, no regulation and no stimulation of the industry or the economy."
In State Parliament on Thursday Premier Peter Gutwein said Public Health was reviewing the dancing and vertical drinking restrictions.