While Tasmanians enjoy standing with a beer in hand from today, spare a thought for the arts community, who continue to face show cancellations with no reprieve in sight.
Theatre capacity remains as the one strong restriction in Tasmania. Meanwhile, footballers have been able to huddle at half time with crowds in thousands able to spectate.
During times of great upheaval, it is the arts community that is one of the first responders.
Fundraisers for bushfires, floods and droughts are all triggered by the generous donation of time from our local performers.
However, this time around, those who volunteer their talents for the greater good and the ones who need help. But help is still yet to arrive.
The role and impact the arts sector has within a community and the economy can be underestimated, but it shouldn't.
Theatre is not only an expression of talent, but also society. Shakespeare's Hamlet shocked audiences back in the 1600s with the way Hamlet's search for introspection was conveyed. A Streetcar Named Desire offered more than just the cry of "Stella", with themes of loss and ageing. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf showcased how words can be weapons.
There is the fun factor, with Strictly Ballroom or Mamma Mia, and the reflections of history with the likes of Jersey Boys or Jesus Christ Superstar.
Community theatre also offers career opportunities both on and off stage. But primarily it gives back to the economy whether it be through performances from Encore, here in Launceston, where the restaurants and bars are boosted before a performance, or professional theatre when people travel and make a weekend trip around a play.
We must not underestimate the relevance and importance of the stage.
Other states have moved to lift these particular restrictions a lot earlier than Tasmania. Even Victoria has recently announced capacity will return to 75 per cent.
Borders are open, let's also allow the red curtains open for the stage.