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COVID-19 Information

UPDATED: 13 January 2021, 4.30pm EDST (you may need to refresh this web page to get the latest update)

  • 13 January: Reminder - it is mandatory to capture contact details for guests to cellar door and at any events. The Tasmanian Government has released the free Check In Tas app, which can be used if desired.
  • 14 December: the Tasmanian Government has launched the Hospitality Energy Rebate Program, a one-off rebate to assist eligible businesses with gas and electricity bills during July-September 2020. This is available for hospitality businesses whose usual business offering is a seated food or beverage service. Read the guidelines, FAQs and apply here if you are eligible.
  • 10 December: Drinking while standing up will be permitted from 11 December 2020 indoors (for up to 100 people only) as well as outdoors (for up to 250 people only), both subject to the density limit of 1 person per 2 square metres. You can dance too, but only 100 people indoors / 250 people outdoors. Based on your venue capacity, you can have a total of up to 250 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors, but any above the 100/250 people limit on standing while drinking and dancing will need to be seated and not dancing... Got it? We're not making the rules. Further details here.
  • 6 November: The Tasmanian Premier has announced that patrons of licensed premises will be permitted to drink alcohol standing up in outdoor settings from 13 November 2020. Restrictions on drinking alcohol standing up indoors at venues will remain in place. Licensed premises selling alcohol for onsite consumption will be required to provide contact details of at least one member of their group to the venue from 13 November 2020 as part of enhancing contact tracing abilities (name, phone number, date and time of their visit) - this has previously been strongly recommended, but is now mandatory including for cellar doors. View further details, including a free Tasmanian check-in app here.
  • Cellar door protocols - please familiarise yourself with the national cellar door guidelines, developed through Australian Grape & Wine in consultation with state wine organisations - these are national best practice guidelines, to be read in conjunction with regulations in each individual state - noting that in Tasmania, food and beverage service indoors still needs to be seated.
  • Do you know what you need to do if there's a Covid-19 outbreak in your workplace? Plan and be prepared - there is help available if you need it or have any questions. https://www.health.tas.gov.au/...
  • 2 October 2020: The Tasmanian Premier has announced that borders will reopen for visitors from SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT on 26 October 2020, and possibly NSW from the beginning of November and VIC from 1 December (to be confirmed). There are also changes to the travel process for seasonal workers based on their origin - view details for those from SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT here, from most of NSW here and for high risk areas in NSW and VIC here.
  • 25 September 2020: Outdoor gatherings increase from 500 people to 1,000 people, with 2m2 per person still required - details on business restrictions here.
  • 14 September 2020: New Tasmanian Government Business Growth Loan Scheme now open - providing loan funding to support businesses to recover, adapt, grow and develop enhanced business models that support employment retention and business growth, and new projects that contribute towards employment and growth of the Tasmanian economy. View further details here. A reminder that the Australian Government is also providing loan guarantees of 50% to small and medium sized lenders on new unsecured loans for working capital - further details here.
  • 27 August 2020: Make Yourself At Home Tasmanian travel and experience vouchers - details available here.
  • 19 August 2020: Agricultural Workforce Resilience Package - Tasmania's seasonal workforce will be impacted by Covid-19, particularly in terms of its usual international contingent. The Tasmanian Government has announced support to encourage Tasmanians to participate in agricultural harvest activities. View Minister Barnett's release here, and further details will be provided as they become available. Wine Tasmania is participating in discussions with other agricultural organisations to try and address the anticipated shortage in seasonal workers - please get in touch to discuss your own situation and any suggestions at any time.
  • 18 August 2020: Tasmanian Premier announces further delay to border opening - the Tasmanian Premier has delayed opening of the state's borders until at least 1 December 2020. The Premier's statement is available here, and www.business.tas.gov.au will continue to be the source of the latest news and information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 mail@winetasmania.net.au and we'll obtain from Lifeline.

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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.