Background

COVID-19 Information

UPDATED: 20 October 2021, 6.00pm EST (you may need to refresh this web page to get the latest update)

The official Tasmanian Government Covid-19 information is available at www.coronavirus.gov.tas.au.

  • 20 October 2021: New support for businesses impacted by the three day lockdown in southern Tasmania now available - further details here.
  • 15 October 2021: Three down lockdown announced by the Tasmanian Premier, commencing 6pm on 15 October - further details here.
  • 14 September 2021: An expanded Business Support Grant has been announced by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments, providing significant support for businesses able to demonstrate having suffered severe hardship as a result of the lockdowns and border closures. Further details here.
  • 20 August 2021: The Tasmanian Government has preemptively released a plan on restrictions that would apply if the state had to enter lockdown. It is worth familiarising yourself with these details, noting that viticulture and winemaking have been recognised as essential activities, and that licensed premises (including cellar door) would only be open for takeaway. It is also worth reviewing your Covid safe work plan and making sure you are prepared for the potential of another lockdown in the future. View details here.
  • 13 August 2021: The Tasmanian & Australian Governments have announced new a Business Support Package for businesses directly impacted by border closures, including tourism, hospitality, arts and events, with $2,000-$10,000 available for businesses that can demonstrate more than 30% decline in turnover. This program opens on 17 August, and further details will be available here. Grants will be assessed / awarded in order of receipt, so make sure you apply if you have experienced significant financial hardship as a direct result of border closures.
  • 23 July 2021: with lockdowns occurring interstate, there are several travel restrictions in place for Tasmania. New Zealand has also suspended flights to Australia for at least six weeks. For all the latest Covid travel restrictions, visit https://www.coronavirus.tas.go...
  • 8 July 2021: new vaccination centres established with a focus on hospitality and tourism representatives under 60 - further details via the TICT here.
  • Tasmanian business support & grants - information available at https://www.business.tas.gov.au
  • Reminder: From 1 May it will be mandatory to use the free Check in TAS app for all guest registration and contact tracing. If you are using another system, you will need to change over before this date. View further details here and contact Business Tasmania if you need any help on 1800 440 026.
  • January 2021: updated guidelines and references to help with vintage 2021 plus AWRI vineyard guidelines released in February 2021. Safe Farming Tasmania can also help with one-on-one advice and support on viticultural, winemaking, cellar door and events procedures. Free, state-wide professional advice available by contacting Phill John (0407 015 400, phillip.john@dpipwe.tas.gov.au) or Stuart Beames (0400 140 146, stuart.beams@justice.tas.gov.au).
  • 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.
  • 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/...
  • 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.

Key links and information:

  • 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 info@tict.com.au 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 - resources and links, including advice on a Pandemic Plan
  • 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.

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).