The Labor Party has backed the effective lockdown of Tasmania’s North West coast region to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and keep the community safe.
Labor Leader Rebecca White said the alarming rise in cases in the North West must not be taken lightly and all steps to contain it must be taken.
“The outbreak in the North West is of great concern and we need to act quickly and decisively,” Ms White said.
“We know that the rising numbers are causing fear in the community but we also know that the best way to keep numbers down is to be vigilant and follow the rules to keep everyone safe.
“Labor has given our full support to the tough new measures, including the additional police presence in the region and helicopter checks on people’s movements.
“This action may seem harsh but it is necessary and we want to see everyone complying with the rules to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities.
“The Premier has indicated that he’s prepared to take further steps and we would urge him to do so if the numbers continue to rise or people are not doing the right thing.
“I encourage everyone to stay home wherever possible. This means only going out for essential services or supplies, and following social distancing guidelines.
“It’s also vital that people follow the rules about not travelling to shacks over the Easter break, or anywhere else they don’t need to be.
“There is no place for complacency and everyone must do their bit to give us the best chance of containing this outbreak.
“If we continue to work together to minimise the risk of transmission, we can limit the spread of this deadly disease and keep our loved ones safe. I urge everyone to stay home, stay safe and do all you can to protect your local community.”
Rebecca White MP