Bummer: Tassie Premier Says Borders Will Now Stay Shut Until At Least December
Damn: any potential plans to travel to Tassie before December of this year will need to be scrapped. Yep, the state's premier announced late yeserday that Tasmania's state borders will now remain shut until at least December 1.
Yesterday (Tuesday) in Parliament, premier Peter Gutwein said the extension on restrictions would “allow sufficient time for the COVID-19 situation in Victoria and the threat posed to other states to be clearly controlled”, reports the ABC. “This will enable our community and our businesses to understand and prepare for border relaxations, and to ensure appropriate planning and risk mitigation processes are in place,” Gutwein said.
He continued: “It will also give us time to build the community's trust in our border measures to protect Tasmania from areas in the rest of the country that pose a high risk, while allowing travel to and from areas that pose a very low risk.”
Mr Gutwein said that while the plan is to reopen Tasmania for Christmas, that timeline would be reviewed on a weekly basis, meaning there’s a (slim) chance Tassie could reopen sooner – or worse still, could take even longer.
Tassie, if you remember, was the first state to close its borders to other states back in March. Currently, the quarantine rules for incoming travellers vary depending on whether the govt considers you an essential traveller, where you’re coming from and whether or not you’re a Tassie resident. If you’ve spent time in an affected region and aren’t a Tassie resident, you won’t be allowed in at all. Here’s a full outline of the Tasmanian border rules.
Last week, the NT’s Chief Minister announced border restrictions would be in place in some capacity for the next 18 months. And, of course, Queensland and SA are still shut to NSW, Victoria and ACT residents (more here).The border saga continues...
If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.
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