Getting back to business: theatres and cinemas to increase capacity

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and Events

Elise Archer,Minister for the Arts

In the lead up to theatres and cinemas being able to increase their capacity from 1 February, the Tasmanian Government has been working with Public Health to enable patrons’ safe return.

As part of the Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania introduced late last year, theatre and cinema capacity limits were able to increase to 75 per cent capacity, up to a maximum of 250 people.

Following further industry consultation, larger venues will be able to apply for an increased venue capacity up to 75 per cent above 250 people effective from 1 February 2021.

We know this news has been welcomed by event organisers, local theatre and production companies as well as the community, and these new changes will provide a much needed economic boost.

Importantly, the changes also recognise that those working in the arts and events sector are often highly experienced at planning for the management of large groups of patrons and the associated risks.

Minister Archer said “this is a huge step forward for our local arts and creative industry, and the Tasmanian Government, along with Public Health, will work closely with venues to ensure as many Tasmanians as possible can enjoy our local productions and events in a COVID-19 safe way.”

Minister Courtney said “I want to thank local venues and events stakeholders for their constructive work on this issue, and also local theatre and cinema lovers for their patience during the unprecedented restrictions. I encourage our community to get back to these venues when they can”.

Venues who would like more information or to apply for an increase in capacity can contact Business Tasmania at:

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