Extension of the Public Health Emergency Declaration

29 May 2022

The Director of Public Health, Dr Mark Veitch, has declared a further extension of the Public Health Emergency Declaration under the Public Health Act 1997 until 30 June 2022.

The Director made the initial Public Health Emergency Declaration in relation to COVID-19 on 17 March 2020. Since then it has been extended, most recently on 4 April 2022 for 8 weeks until 30 May 2022.

The Director has determined that the public health threat posed by COVID-19 will soon be manageable with workplace health and safety practices, cases and contacts managed as are other notifiable communicable diseases using non-emergency powers of the Public Health Act 1997, and community practice of COVID-safe behaviours.

Existing emergency directions remain in place, including requirements to isolate if you test positive to COVID, register a positive COVID test result, and follow close contact rules.

Over the coming weeks Tasmanians will be provided with more information about what will change, what will stay the same, and what we all still need to do keep our communities safe from harm from COVID-19.

The Director of Public Health may end the Public Health Emergency Declaration sooner than 30 June, or extend it beyond this time, if required.