Victoria declared high-risk from 8pm tonight

Peter Gutwein,Premier

The health, safety and wellbeing of Tasmanians remains our number one priority as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 risk.

A short time ago, it was announced that Victoria will enter a seven day lockdown from 8pm this evening due to its emerging situation of COVID-19 cases in the community.

In response, from 8pm today, Victoria has been declared high-risk Level 2 by Tasmania’s Director of Public Health.

This means that anyone who has spent time in Victoria, will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveller or is a returning Tasmanian.

Returning Tasmanians can quarantine at a suitable premises, with the exception being if you’ve been to a high-risk premises you won’t be approved to travel.

For anyone who is already in Tasmania and has been in Victoria in the last 14 days, we ask that you check the list of high-risk premises on the Coronavirus website. If you’ve been to a high-risk premises you will need to isolate immediately and contact the public health hotline on 1800 671 738.

Anyone who been in Victoria in the past 14 days should monitor their symptoms closely, and get tested if they experience even mild symptoms.

Tasmania now has border restrictions in place with a number of States, and our thoughts are with all those affected as they battle to get their outbreaks under control.

I ask Tasmanians to continue to do the right thing.

Cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands and sanitise them regularly, remember appropriate social distancing, use the check-in Tas App at venues to help with contact tracing, stay home if you’re unwell, and don’t hesitate to get a test – even if you have mild symptoms.

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