Border opening cautiously welcomed

Tasmanian Labor
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  • Labor Leader Rebecca White has welcomed the opening of Tasmania’s border to safe states today but reminded Tasmanians of the need to remain vigilant to the risks of COVID-19.

    “It will come as a huge relief to hundreds of Tasmanians who’ve been separated from family and friends during the pandemic, some for many months,” Ms White said.

    “It will also bring a welcome boost for the tourism sector and the hundreds of tourist operators and other businesses that rely on the visitor economy including those in accommodation, hospitality and retail.

    “It’s been an extremely tough time for our tourism operators and workers in the sector, particularly given Tasmania is the most tourism dependent economy in the country.

    “While a large influx of visitors will be a positive thing for the state in many regards, we must remember how deadly COVID-19 can be and remind ourselves to remain alert to the risks posed by the border opening.

    “Labor has sought twice to be updated by the Government on preparations and plans that it’s put in place to deal with the border opening, and especially what happens in the event of another COVID outbreak. But twice Peter Gutwein’s office has refused.

    “It’s disturbing that as Tasmania takes the next major step towards its COVID recovery, the Gutwein Government has taken this negative positon on keeping the State Opposition informed.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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