Labor welcomes extension of state of emergency

Tasmanian Labor
  • State of emergency extension the right thing to do
  • More clarity needed over review into quarantine exemptions
  • Essential workers must be COVID tested
  • Labor welcomes the Premier’s decision to extend Tasmania’s state of emergency until the end of August.

    Labor Leader, Rebecca White, said Tasmania needed to be on high alert given the concerning situation in Victoria.

    “The COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria is of great concern to Tasmania and places us at higher risk,” Ms White said.

    “Extending the state of emergency and implementing tougher measures to protect Tasmanians is the right thing to do in these unprecedented circumstances.

    “While Labor welcomes the tougher border restrictions announced yesterday by the Premier, more clarity is needed in regards to essential workers.

    “Peter Gutwein has finally indicated that quarantine exemptions already granted for essential workers will be reviewed, but Labor would like more detail on the scope of that review.

    “It is a serious oversight that we currently have people who have been granted essential worker status moving around the community without having to be tested for the virus.

    “The government must immediately require all essential workers coming into the state to demonstrate they are COVID-19 free before they are granted an exemption from quarantine.

    “This situation risks undoing all of the good work of the Tasmanian community to eradicate the virus from our state and we are calling on the Premier to address this as a matter of urgency.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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