UPDATED: 3 August 2020, 3.30pm EST (you may need to refresh this web page to get the latest update)
- 3 August 2020: Tasmanian Premier announces delay to border opening - the Tasmanian Premier has delayed the proposed border reopening to SA, WA and the NT, due to the evolving Covid-19 situation around the country, with borders to remain closed until at least the end of August 2020.
- 29 July 2020: New Small Business Support - the Tasmanian Government has announced a new Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Grant program, which will be open for applications from 3-24 August, offering a limited number of $5,000 grants on a competitive, merit basis. There will also be another round of the Small Business Continuity Grant program, providing support for professional advice and expansion of the Enterprise Centre, Digital Ready and Tourism Industry Market Support Programs, as well as improved access to mental health support. Further details available here.
- 24 July 2020: Tasmanian Premier announces border reopening - the Tasmanian Premier has announced that travel between Tasmania, SA, WA and the NT will recommence from 7 August 2020, while travel between NSW, VIC and QLD will not recommence before 14 August and will be based on health advice - view the announcement here and all official advice and information here. Please also familiarise yourself and continue to operate in line with the national cellar door guidelines, developed through Australian Grape & Wine in consultation with state wine organisations - noting that in Tasmania, food and beverage service - including at cellar doors - still needs to be seated.
- 21 July 2020: Prime Minister announces extension of JobKeeper from 28 September to 28 March 2021 - with changes to eligibility and payment amounts, based on hours of work. Further details are available here, with the ATO continuing to administer the payments and further details to be made available on its website here.
- New: A Tasmanian Lifeline service - COVID-19 has made life tough for Tasmanians. The future suddenly feels uncertain. If you are struggling, feeling alone, or need help, you can call A Tasmanian Lifeline. The team at A Tasmanian Lifeline are ready to take your call between 8am and 8pm on 1800 98 44 34. Or you can book a confidential call online at www.atasmanianlifeline.com.au. Please share this information with your staff and colleagues and flyers have been provided for you to forward to staff, print and display in staff rooms. If you'd like hard copies or wallet cards to give to staff, please drop us a note at email@example.com and we'll obtain from Lifeline.
- 24 June 2020: Premier announces further easing of restrictions from noon on Friday 26 June 2020 - up to 250 people allowed to gather indoors (per area, if a venue has multiple rooms / areas) and 500 people outdoors, subject to capacity to ensure social distancing, with density reduced to 2 square metres per person (from 4 square metres). Food and beverage service (including at cellar doors) remains seated only. Further details available here and in our updated FAQs, as well as dedicated resources on the Tasmanian Liquor & Gaming website here. Please also familiarise yourself with the national cellar door protocols here (noting Tasmanian cellar doors are only able to offer seated wine tastings / glass / bottle service), and make sure you have a COVID-19 Worksafe Plan in place (see details below).
- 12 June 2020: Premier announces further easing of restrictions from noon on Wednesday 17 June 2020 - up to 80 people allowed to gather, including at cellar doors (subject to capacity to ensure social distancing) for seated, food and / or alcohol service - with social distancing and hygiene requirements.
- 2 June 2020: Premier announces stage 2 and 3 restrictions will be eased earlier and from 3pm on Friday 5 June 2020 - this includes cellar doors being able to open for 40 people (along with pubs, bars and clubs) for seated, alcohol-only service (ie not requiring food) - with social distancing and hygiene requirements.
- COVID Safe Workplaces - each business needs to have a COVID Safe Workplace Plan - view checklist and small business template here. Wine businesses will be impacted by guidelines relevant to agriculture, food processing, hospitality and retail - full details for available here.
We are continuing to develop ways to support and promote online wine sales, including launching a new online one-stop-shop to promote Tasmanian wine producers, facilitate and encourage direct sales, with all members invited to participate in future campaigns. We are also encouraging people to support wine producers including through buying wine directly from producers and visiting cellar doors currently open and would like to hear from you on any other suggestions.
Key links and information:
- Wine Tasmania information & FAQs
- Events (webinars) that may be of interest - we'll post details on our events listing as well as the Slack member forum
- Australian Government information - official information on COVID-19 and resources
- Tasmanian Government information - COVID-19 information and resources
- Business Tasmania - dedicated resource for Tasmanian businesses
- Tourism Tasmania - information for businesses with cellar doors or visitor offerings (if you don't already receive the Tourism Tasmania newsletter and updates, you can subscribe here)
- TCCI - as part of the Tasmanian Government support, the TCCI has been funded to offer free workplace relations support for businesses impacted by COVID-19 - phone 1300 559 112
- TICT - through Tasmanian Government support, the TICT has been funded to offer a free consultation service for tourism operators with an experienced financial advisor. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The TICT has also released several podcast series discussing the impact of COVID-19 and support available for tourism businesses - access here
- Australian Grape & Wine - information and resources from the national wine body
- Tasmanian Liquor & Gaming - information and support for liquor licence holders
- Worksafe Tasmania - resouces and links, including advice on a Pandemic Plan
- Australia Post (Wine Tasmania Partner) continues to provide freight solutions to help with direct wine deliveries at exclusive member shipping rates. Please contact Nick Purdon at Australia Post with any questions - Nick.Purdon@startrack.com.au, 0459 884 867, and additional updates are available at https://auspost.com.au/about-us/news-media/important-updates
- NAB (Wine Tasmania Partner) has offered a range of assistance measures for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Please contact Lee Campbell at NAB for further details and with any questions - Lee.X.Campbell@nab.com.au, 0428 579 852
Please get in touch with Wine Tasmania at any time with questions, comments and suggestions - 0407 004 959 (Sheralee), 0414 980 798 (Paul) or 0409 285 100 (Allison). Stay safe, look after yourself and others.