Tasmania will loosen its COVID-19 restrictions to allow people to play eight-ball and darts in venues but dancing remains off-limits.
Premier Peter Gutwein said eight-ball and darts would be able to played from the end of next week.
“Where we can we will look to loosen internal restrictions if appropriate,” Mr Gutwein said.
“I said all along we would scale up and scale down depending on the risk in our state.”
Public Health director Mark Veitch said when restrictions were first put on settings where people congregated such as pubs and clubs it was because these venues had been identified as risky places.
“Eight-ball and darts got caught up in that restriction,” Dr Veitch said.
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But dancing is still not allowed because it involves people being packed in closely to each other.
“We don’t want to bring back the densely packed bar,” Dr Veitch said.
“We don’t want to have people standing and drinking in bars – they will need to sit down.”
Mr Gutwein said Tasmania would this weekend be sending a team of 12 health workers, made up of three AUSMAT staff and nine nurses, to assist with the COVID-19 response in Victoria.
“Tasmania is supporting Victoria as best we can,” he said.
He reminded Tasmanians to follow the rules, and continue practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing.
“We are in such a good spot in Tasmania and it’s important we maintain this,” Mr Gutwein said.
He stood firm on the state’s border closure after the South Australian Premier Steven Marshall called for Tasmania and Western Australia to open their borders to other safe jurisdictions.
“One of the key reasons we haven’t opened to South Australia is because they have a very porous border with Victoria,” Mr Gutwein said.
He said Tasmanians should plan for the border to reopen on December 1.