Queensland COVID-19 outbreak update
The Tasmanian Director of Public Health has declared five Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Queensland as high-risk locations.
This decision has been made in response to the current outbreak in Brisbane where four new locally acquired cases were announced today, and the associated declaration of a three-day lockdown of this area by Queensland.
The LGAs are: Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands.
Anyone who has spent time in any of these LGAs in the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless exempted as an Essential Traveller.
Any affected travellers, including returning Tasmanians, will need to apply to the Deputy State Controller to enter the state via the G2G PASS system. If allowed to enter they will be required to quarantine for 14 days at suitable premises. Anyone without suitable premises will be required to enter government quarantine, and fees may apply.
Tasmanian authorities have messaged people intending to travel to Tasmania from these areas during the next 72 hours to advise them of the restrictions.
A flight from Brisbane landed in Hobart early this afternoon. People aboard this flight were in the air as decisions regarding the outbreak in Brisbane were being made. Passengers who had not been in the Greater Brisbane area or any of the specific declared hotspots are under no additional conditions. Anyone aboard that flight who had been in the Greater Brisbane area will be required to isolate until they return a negative test for COVID-19 within 72 hours and are symptom-free. If there are any passenger who were at a hot spot premises, they will be required to quarantine.
Anyone who is already in Tasmania and has been in the Greater Brisbane area on or since 20 March is being advised by SMS to self-isolate and contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange testing within 72 hours.
Anyone who has visited any of the premises declared as high-risk premises in Greater Brisbane or South-East Queensland will be required to quarantine for 14 days at suitable premises. A list of high-risk premises can be found at coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travel-alert. This list is being updated regularly.
Two exposure sites associated with the Queensland outbreak have so far been identified at Byron Bay in NSW. These have also been declared by the Tasmanian Director of Public Health as high-risk premises. NSW is conducting contact tracing in relation to both these venues. Recent arrivals from NSW will receive an SMS advising them of the locations and to contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 if they were at these sites last weekend. A list of high-risk premises can be found at coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travel-alert.
Anyone who has any symptoms, even mild, should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a test.