Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health
Tasmanian health authorities are monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Victoria following confirmation that cases in a new cluster have contracted the more infectious delta strain of the virus.
Travel restrictions and quarantine requirements remain in place for all Victoria and some sites in New South Wales.
Anyone intending to travel to Tasmania from Victoria, will not be permitted to enter the State unless approved as an essential traveller
Affected travellers must 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 and be tested in the first few days and last few days of this period. Hotel quarantine fees may apply. Essential workers will have additional requirements.
Tasmanian residents can apply for essential traveller status to return home. If approved they will be required to quarantine at suitable premises on arrival for 14 days. If they do not have suitable premises, they will be required to quarantine in Government-designated accommodation at their own cost.
There are now many premises classified as high-risk in Victoria and a number in New South Wales. A list of these premises is available at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travelalert. This list is reviewed and updated daily.
The Director of Public Health is reminding anyone in Tasmania with symptoms of a cold or flu to get tested for COVID-19.
The latest cluster of cases in Victoria was detected by testing someone with symptoms but no known link to other cases. Testing for COVID-19 gives public health authorities the best chance of detecting cases early enough to prevent an outbreak.
If you have any cold or flu symptoms, even mild, contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to arrange a test.
Visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au for the latest Tasmanian information.