Labor calls for mandatory testing of all essential workers granted exemptions from quarantine

Tasmanian Labor
  • It’s crucial all essential workers are tested for COVID-19
  • Essential workers need to quarantine while waiting for test
    results
  • All arrivals from Victoria and other hotspots must also be
    tested
  • Labor Leader Rebecca White is calling on the Government to
    introduce mandatory testing of all essential workers coming into the state who
    are granted an exemption from quarantine.

    “Public health advice to the Government must raise
    significant concerns about the risk of the virus across the country and this
    means we need to take a more precautionary approach and test all essential
    workers coming into Tasmania who have been granted exemption from quarantine,”
    Ms White said.

    “The Government has decided the risk from all states and
    territories is too great to ease border restrictions which means that no one
    should be allowed to come to Tasmania from anywhere across the country and be
    exempt from quarantine without first getting tested for COVID.

    “The Government must immediately act to make sure that
    anyone granted an exemption from quarantine is tested on arrival and that they
    quarantine until a result from the test is determined.

    “Currently only essential workers arriving from Victoria or
    hotspots are tested and worryingly, they aren’t required to quarantine while
    they wait for a result.

    “The Government’s own website says that essential workers
    granted an exemption from quarantine need to get tested for COVID within 24
    hours of arrival and that they can work prior to getting a test and while
    waiting for a result. This means they can be on the worksite and in our
    community for days before a result is known.

    “With
    more than 20 thousand Tasmanians losing their jobs as a result of the virus, it
    is crucial we only take essential workers in exceptional circumstances where it
    is proven that a Tasmanian can’t do the job.

    “Labor also wants the Government to introduce mandatory
    testing for all arrivals to Tasmania from Victoria and hotspots on the first
    day of their quarantine and then again on the 12th day.

    “States like Western Australia and South Australia have
    introduced mandatory testing on arrival for anyone travelling from high risk
    areas and we should do the same.

    “Tasmanians have done a great job in fighting the spread of COVID-19 in the community and the consequences of letting our guard down now are far too great to take risks.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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