COVID-19 update - SA, VIC, NSW and Qld

21 Jul 2021

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

The Director of Public Health has again reminded people who have recently returned to Tasmania from interstate to check for newly listed high-risk premises in these jurisdictions.

Anyone who has been in South Australia or Victoria on or since 8 July or Queensland on or since 9 July should check the list of premises that have been classified as high risk. The list is available at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travelalert

If you are in Tasmania and have been at any of the listed high-risk premises at the specified dates and times, you must self-isolate immediately and contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 after 9am tomorrow (Thursday, 22 July) for advice.

Tasmania has declared the whole of South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales as high-risk areas. A number of premises and transport routes in Queensland have also recently been declared high-risk.

Masks are required to be worn by anyone already in Tasmania who has been in Victoria or South Australia on or since 8 July (and not currently in quarantine) when they are outside their accommodation. These people are asked to limit their movements and time in the community, avoid public gatherings and limit visitors to their home.

Masks must be worn unless the person is exempted, such as those under 12 years old, or those who have a valid medical reason not to wear a mask.

People recently in Victoria or South Australia are required to wear a mask in public until 14 days after they were last in Victoria or South Australia unless the requirement is removed earlier.

The requirement for mask wearing for people recently in Victoria will be reviewed on Friday, 23 July.

People subject to the mask requirement (and who are not in quarantine) are not prevented from continuing their work, as long as they are well, can wear a mask at work, and practice COVID Safe behaviours.

If you are currently in home or hotel quarantine as a result of recent travel including attendance at high-risk premises, you must remain in quarantine.

Thanks are due to Tasmanians for their response to the recent situation where a person who had travelled around Tasmania tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after arriving in the United Kingdom.

The cooperation of businesses, the Tasmanians who got tested, and the use of Check in TAS all contributed to this response and have provided reassurance that the case was very unlikely to have been infected or infectious while in our State.

Ongoing high levels of testing and negative waste-water testing also contribute to this reassurance.

Finally, details of test results provided by UK authorities also support the likelihood that the infection was acquired during international travel into the UK, rather than in Tasmania.

If you have any symptoms of a cold or flu, no matter how mild, please arrange a COVID-19 test by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Please use the Check in TAS app whenever you enter a business or venue displaying the Check in TAS QR code. This information will be critical for contact tracing if a case occurs in Tasmania.