Tasmania lifts restrictions ahead of schedule

Pub owners, accomodation providers and other tourism businesses will see more customers let through their doors for the state's upcoming long weekend.

Tasmania is lifting it’s social distancing measures ahead of schedule, with the state’s premier announcing they will start moving into the second stage of its recovery roadmap before the weekend.

Stage 2 was set to begin on June 15, but due to the low number of cases on the island, unlimited travel and overnight stays within the state will be permitted from 3pm on Friday 5 June—providing a much-needed boost for the state’s tourism and hospitality businesses.

After Friday, pubs and clubs (excluding nightclubs) can have up to 40 patrons, 20 people can visit museums, cinemas, weddings and gyms, plus 50 people can attend a funeral.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said his state and the country has been successful in containing the outbreak and it is time for Tasmanians to get out and enjoy their state.

“Let’s take this bold step to get this state back on track,” Mr Gutwein said.

“I’m so proud of Tasmanians today, this is a fantastic outcome and a great opportunity and I’m certainly — like many Tasmanians — looking forward to the long weekend coming and an [opportunity] to get out and enjoy this great state again.”