Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania



1 January 2021

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Health

Continuing to take a responsible approach to managing our borders

Tasmania is taking a responsible and measured approach to managing the State’s borders after monitoring case numbers in both Victoria and New South Wales over the past 24 hours.

After carefully monitoring the situation in both states, from midnight tonight the Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA) will be classified as a medium-risk area, meaning any travellers who have been in that area 14 days prior to coming to Tasmania must quarantine at a suitable residence or in government accommodation, where fees will apply.

This now means that the Wollongong LGA and greater Sydney area are classified as medium risk, meaning that 14 days quarantine on arrival in Tasmania is required, while the Northern Beaches LGA continues to be classified as high risk.

Anyone currently in Tasmania who has been in the Wollongong LGA on or after 18 December 2020 should contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice.  If they currently have or recently had cold or flu-like symptoms they should self-isolate until receiving this advice.

This represents a sensible and measured approach to managing the risk at our borders, informed by Public Health advice. I want to reassure Tasmanians that we won’t hesitate to take further action if the Public Health advice is that we need to do so.

A summary of the current border restrictions for Tasmania can be found at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au and includes;

Victoria:

  • Our advice to travellers who have arrived in Tasmania having spent time in Victoria since Sunday 20 December is that they should check the list of exposure risk sites at least twice daily on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ website: <https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/case-locations-and-outbreaks>.
  • These travellers are also being contacted by SMS to ask them to regularly check this list.
  • Anyone in Tasmania who has been at one of these Victorian sites is asked to immediately self-isolate and call the Public Health Hotline for advice.

New South Wales:

  • The Northern Beaches LGA continues to be declared as high risk, meaning anyone wanting to travel to Tasmania who has been in that area since 11 December must apply for an exemption to be allowed enter Tasmania as an Essential Traveller for critical work, health, compassionate or other reasons. Quarantine requirements will apply.
  • The Greater Sydney region continues to be declared as a medium risk area which means that anyone who has spent time in that region in the 14 days prior to arriving in Tasmania is required to quarantine, either in a suitable premises or in government-designation accommodation (fees apply).
  • The Wollongong LGA region is now also classified as a medium risk area.

Tasmanians should be assured that Tasmania will respond quickly with further measures if required to protect the Tasmanian community and we will continue to follow the advice from our Public Health experts who have guided us expertly to date.



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