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New Events Framework unveiled ahead of border reopening plans

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The State Government has revealed a revised Events Framework ahead of a border reopening plan.

The new framework will give greater clarity about how to run a COVID-19 safe event for Tasmanian events organisers.

Authorities say the changes have been made based on feedback from stakeholders and applicants, who reported the existing framework is complex and confusing.

Under the new framework, all events with more than 250 people gathering indoors or 500 people gathering outdoors must be registered.

Events with more than 2,000 people must have a COVID-19 Safe events plan developed, submitted and approved.

Free-moving and mixing events will be capped at 5,000 patrons at any point in time.

Under the cap, multiple sessions can be conducted on an event day to enable larger numbers of people to participate; with a maximum of 5000 people at any time.

Outdoor seated events in stadiums and arenas are capped at their seated capacity.

Face masks must be worn at all events with over 1,000 people.

Staff, volunteers and contractors are not included in the overall crowd size; allowing more people to attend events.

The revised Events Framework will come into effect on 1st November 2021.

Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch say the new plan is about safety.

"COVID safe practices at large gatherings is particularly important to help reduce the risk of spread of COVID in our community, even as our vaccination rates increase."

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The new framework has been released ahead of the border re-opening plan, which is due to be released this coming Friday.

Industry groups are pushing for 1st December 2021 to be the day all vaccinated travellers can visit Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tasmanian Small Business Council both hope announcing a date will provide certainty and lay the groundwork for a bumper summer in Tasmania; particularly for our tourism and hospitality sectors.

Tasmanian Small Business Council CEO Robert Mallett said a confirmed border date will be key for Christmas trade.

December 1st is predicted to be the point where 90 per cent of the eligible population 16 years and over are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Currently, 85 per cent of Tasmanians aged 16 and over have rolled up their sleeves for their first jab.

70 per cent of the group are fully vaccinated, that number on par with national figures.

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