Public Health Emergency Declaration to end

30 Jun 2022

The Public Health Emergency Declaration in response to COVID-19 will end in Tasmania from 12.01am Friday 1 July 2022.

Although the Emergency Declaration will end, it is important to be aware that COVID-19 is still present in the Tasmanian community meaning that COVID-19 safe behaviours from individuals, businesses and workplaces remain just as important.

Everyone should take an active role in assessing their own risk of COVID-19 and what they can do to reduce that risk.

Although many COVID-19 restrictions and requirements have already been lifted, some measures will remain in place through Public Health Orders under the Public Health Act 1997.

Measures that remain in place from 1 July 2022:

  • positive cases are still required to isolate for at least 7 days
  • close contacts are still required to follow close contact rules, including testing daily if leaving their home and wearing a mask when outside their home
  • anyone with symptoms, even mild, should still stay at home, get tested and report a positive RAT. The Department of Health will continue providing testing for COVID-19 including access to PCR testing and RATs.
  • workplaces need to continue to include COVID-19 as part of workplace health and safety practices and consider what they can do to reduce risks .
  • masks are no longer mandated in most settings but are still recommended.
  • COVID-safe behaviours are still recommended, including physical distancing and wearing a mask where it is not possible or where there are individuals who are at risk of severe illness

Measures that are changing from 01 July 2022:

  • Public Health no longer require vaccination for certain workers, but individual workplaces may require vaccination as part of their workplace health and safety practices.
  • some settings, as part of their workplace health and safety risk assessments may keep requirements for some COVID-19 safety measures to protect those who are at risk from respiratory diseases such as COVID-19 and flu.
  • The current wastewater surveillance program will be stood down as it is most useful as an early warning for outbreaks during low community transmission. The program capability in Tasmania will be maintained to allow it to be recommenced if needed.