Jab needed for stand up drinking from today

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Patrons at Tasmanian venues where there is stand up drinking need to be fully vaccinated to enter from today, as announced by the Premier on November 19.

The Public Health Direction comes as part of our plan to keep Tasmanians safe and in preparation for our border reopening on December 15.

Importantly, responsibility is on individuals to ensure they do not enter a premises or an event without being fully vaccinated.

There is an obligation for licence holders, venue managers and event organisers to identify themselves as a premises subject to the vaccinated entry requirement through a sign visible to patrons.

However, there is no obligation for business owners or event organisers to monitor or enforce compliance, but they can choose to check vaccination status and refuse entry as part of their own workplace risk management.

Police may enforce compliance through random spot checks at venues and events, where they will be able to request evidence of vaccination, and can fine individuals for breaches.

This Public Health Direction will extend to staff at locations where there is stand up drinking from December 15, the day our borders reopen.

The requirement to be fully vaccinated applies to pubs, clubs and events or areas of these locations where alcohol is served and patrons are not exclusively seated.

It does not apply to restaurants, cafes, clubs or licensed venues where patrons are required to be seated.

Additionally, it does not apply to guests at weddings and funerals, sports or community clubs, cinemas or stadiums.

Where venues have multiple areas separated by a wall, vaccinated entry is only required for entry into the bar section of the venue, for example a hotel with a separate bar, restaurant and bottle shop.

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