Travel restrictions with regional Victoria relaxed from midnight tonight

Peter Gutwein,Premier

Our number one priority is to protect the health and safety of Tasmanians and the last fortnight in Victoria has reminded us that the threat from COVID-19 is not yet over.

Tasmanian Public Health authorities have continued to monitor the situation in Victoria daily, including the changes to lockdown restrictions occurring in that state from this evening.

Based on the current situation in Victoria, regional Victoria will be downgraded to low-risk from midnight tonight under our border controls.

Metropolitan Melbourne, will remain high-risk and will continue to be monitored daily, however at this stage it is unlikely that it will be downgraded to low risk until after the long weekend.

As a result of these changes, people who have only been in regional Victoria in the 14 days before they arrive in Tasmania will not have to quarantine.

They must register to enter the State – through the Tas e-Travel system – to confirm they have not been in a high-risk premises and that they have transited directly through metropolitan Melbourne.

Anyone who has been in metropolitan Melbourne in the 14 days before they arrive in Tasmania will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveller. If approved, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days at suitable premises if available, otherwise in Government-designated accommodation at their own cost.

Those currently in quarantine will be able to leave at midnight if they have not been in metropolitan Melbourne in the 14 days before arriving in Tasmania, have not been a high-risk premises and have directly transited to an air or sea port.

There are currently high-risk premises in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales and if you have been in these premises, you cannot enter Tasmania. If you’re already in Tasmania and have spent time at any of the sites at the specified dates and times listed, self-isolate immediately if you’re not already, and call the Public Health Hotline for further advice.

For anyone wanting to come to Tasmania and transiting through a high-risk area, we ask you please check the coronavirus website at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/low-risk to ensure you comply with all necessary requirements.

One of the most effective ways to keep yourself and your family safe is to get vaccinated. Tomorrow marks the end of week 16 of our vaccination program and I’m pleased to announce that over 30 per cent, or around 135,000 Tasmanians have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Tasmanians are hearing the Don’t Wait – Vaccinate message with over 19,000 vaccinations given last week in Tasmania alone, with bookings in our state clinics for June of over 35,000 people.

Getting as many Tasmanians vaccinated quickly is our absolute priority and I am urging every eligible Tasmanian to book an appointment in coming weeks – there are bookings available.

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