Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

PRESS CONFERENCE - 31 JULY 2021

Premier Peter Gutwein

The situation in Queensland has escalated overnight, with six additional community-acquired cases identified.

As a result, Queensland announced a three-day lock down this morning, for 11 local government areas (LGAs) to start at 4pm today.

The LGAs affected extensive and include Brisbane City, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, Ipswitch, Lockyear Valley, Logan City, Noosa, Redlands, Scenic Rim, Somerset and the Sunshine Coast.

Public Health are classifying these regions as a high risk level 2.

As we always do, we are responding swiftly. This morning I announced that we will close our borders to anyone from these regions from 4pm today unless anyone has an exemption to come into the State from the Deputy State Controller.

Anyone who has arrived will need to quarantine immediately at a suitable residence, or return to Queensland.

Given the infectious period now understood by Public Health following the meeting with the AHPPC today, anyone in Tasmania who has been in these regions since 12:01am on the 17th of July and is currently in the State, should immediately go home and isolate.

I want to be clear on that. So if you’re in Tasmania – and we expect that there are probably 11,000 people who have travelled into the State since 12:01am on the 17th of July, you should immediately go home and isolate.

There will be a stay-at-home order in effect from 6pm this evening.

That stay-at-home order will be for three days at it currently stands, until 6pm this coming Tuesday.

Public Health will provide updates over coming days as to whether or not that will be extended.

The following are the only reasons you may leave your home – and you must wear a mask if you do:

  • Shopping for food, or other essential goods and services;
  • Medical care needs;
  • Exercise outdoors by yourself or with other household members or one other person within five kilometres of your home;
  • You can attend work or study where you cannot work or study from home.

Bearing in mind, this will be in place at this stage until this Tuesday at 6pm.

We’ll have a further update tomorrow for school students and how they will be managed on Monday and Tuesday.

Furthermore, anyone impacted by this order with symptoms, no matter how mild, must organise testing as soon as possible.

Further advice on testing will be provided directly to those people who are currently in the State who are affected by this order as the Queensland situation develops over coming days.

There may be a need where we might have certain cohorts that we might test, but at this stage, we are asking people to please isolate, and get a test if you have symptoms.

If you are booked in for a vaccination, between tonight and Tuesday at 6pm, we’d like you to contact the Public Health hotline and arrange for that vaccination time to be changed.

We don’t want you leaving your home for a vaccination under the current circumstances.

Make no mistake, we’ll find another time for you, but it shouldn’t be over this three day period.

As I’ve said, the stay-at-home order will apply for three days, and will remain under assessment by Public Health and we will message up whether or not there will be an extension and what the end of that may be if it is to be extended past that day.

Information will be provided to those people via SMS from Public Health as is the standard practice.

However if you have any queries, do not hesitate to call the Public Health hotline, on 1800 671 738, noting there may be some delays.

I do want to talk about the football game tomorrow, between the Brisbane Lions and the Hawks at UTAS Stadium.

At this stage, this will go ahead.

On advice from Public Health, the players operate in a sterile corridor, under an AFL COVID-safe bubble. They are tested every three days, and they returned a negative test prior to arriving the in the state today.

They will not have contact with the public while here, flying in and out on a charter plane.

I know people will be disappointed, especially if they are in the state from Queensland, wanting to go to the football tomorrow. I’m sorry about that, but you are not able to go.

I can confirm that the game will go ahead, but under these strict COVID-safe protocols.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates.

Please keep on top of COVID, by following COVID-safe behaviours.

Checking in to help contact tracing, exhibiting good hygiene practices, wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, and if you’re unwell, stay home and get a test.

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