Responsibly managing Tasmania’s borders


Under our current border arrangements, we need people who have recently arrived in Tasmania from Victoria, New Zealand and Western Australia to continue to be vigilant in checking which areas and premises of those jurisdictions pose a risk, and also in monitoring themselves for any symptoms.

Over the past 48 hours, we’ve moved swiftly and proportionately to respond to the situation in Victoria involving a hotel quarantine worker who has tested positive and been in the community.

Fourteen premises in Victoria continue to be declared high-risk based on the movements of the recent COVID case.

Anyone who has visited any of the high-risk premises listed at the specific dates and times should self-isolate immediately in their accommodation and call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice and management.

Anyone intending to travel to Tasmania who has been in high-risk areas or visited high-risk premises in the 14 days prior to arrival will not be permitted to enter our State unless approved by the Deputy State Controller as an Essential Traveller.

If approval is given, and unless exempted as an essential worker, they will be required to quarantine in a government-designated facility for 14 days.

Four people who are now in Tasmania have been identified as having been in Victorian exposure locations. All have tested negative to COVID but remain in quarantine.

In relation to Western Australian, Public Health is currently reviewing the situation, including AHPPC advice, and will provide an update to Tasmanians about the status of our border arrangements with that state later today.

A reminder too for anyone travelling to and from Tasmania, or visiting our airports for other reasons, it is now a legal requirement to wear a face mask in publicly accessible areas and during flights, including boarding and disembarking.

Anyone aged 12 years or older must have their mask on when they leave their vehicle on arrival at the airport.

I ask everyone to comply with this requirement and help us reduce the risk to you and your family and friends.