Record testing yesterday has so far revealed no further cases of COVID-19, and we thank Tasmanians currently in lockdown for helping contact tracers to do their job.
I recognise this snap three-day lockdown is not easy, with businesses, events, and lives disrupted.
By taking early action we aim to protect lives and relieve restrictions by Monday, 18 October at 6:00pm.
For Tasmanians who are forced into 14 days of quarantine and can’t earn an income because they must self-isolate, quarantine, or care for someone who has COVID-19 there is support available through the $1,500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment.
Further, we have extended the Pandemic Isolation assistance grants, currently available for those who are directed to have a test or are placed into 14 days quarantine, to also be available to help people who have lost income as a result of the stay at home order currently in place in Southern Tasmania, and who meet the criteria. Financial assistance of $250 per adult and $125 per child capped at $1,000 per household is available.