The health and safety of members of the debating community is the TDU's highest priority. In order to ensure compliance with current public health regulations and minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission during debating evenings, the following measures will be in place at all host schools during the remainder of the 2020 Schools Competition.

Entry requirements

Please do not attend debating if you:

  • have COVID-19 or are a close contact of a confirmed case;
  • are experiencing flulike symptoms;
  • have travelled outside Tasmania in the past 14 days; or
  • have been directed to quarantine by public health officials.

All participants in debating, including audience members, will be screened before entry to the host school to ensure compliance with these conditions. Any person who does not comply will not be permitted to enter the host school. Additionally, on arrival, all participants will be asked to record their name and contact details, to assist with contact tracing if necessary.

Limits to audience sizes

To allow for social distancing in debating rooms and to comply with limits to gathering sizes, audiences in Novice and College debates will be limited to eight people per team (a total of 16 audience members per debate). This includes team members' parents, friends and coaches. Teams may divide their quota in whatever manner they choose.

Audience size limits for Grade Eight, Grade Nine and Grade Ten debates will be announced once rosters for these competitions have been finalised.

Maintaining hygiene

All participants in debating, including audience members, will be asked to sanitise their hands upon arrival at host schools and again when entering individual debate rooms. Desks used by debaters will be cleaned between debates. Additionally, schools will no longer provide supper.

Physical distancing

All adults attending evenings of debating will be required to comply with physical distancing standards, maintaining a distance of at least 1.5m from each other at all times. Debating rooms will be set up to allow for this.

Please contact Kathryn Ellis at if you have questions about this plan.