Peter Gutwein to mirror South Australia and Victoria if they ease border restrictions

MIRROR: Premier Peter Gutwein confirmed that Tasmania will look to mirror South Australia and Victoria conservatively when easing border restrictions. Picture: Craig George
MIRROR: Premier Peter Gutwein confirmed that Tasmania will look to mirror South Australia and Victoria conservatively when easing border restrictions. Picture: Craig George

Tasmania is monitoring the potential easing of lockdown in South Australia and Victoria before making any changes to its border restrictions with the two states.

Premier Peter Gutwein said on Monday it was likely lockdowns would end in both states by Tuesday night, but for now, current border restrictions would remain in place.

Mr Gutwein indicated previously that measures would need to be taken by both states before Tasmania changed their border restrictions.

Border restrictions would also remain unchanged for NSW travellers.

South Australia reported one locally acquired case of COVID-19 on Monday, while Victoria recorded 11 cases, and NSW reported 145 cases.

Mr Gutwein reiterated that Tasmania would likely take a conservative approach to reopening the borders to travellers.

"Our public health have always taken a sensible, responsible, but also conservative approach to opening up the state when a state comes out of lockdown," Mr Gutwein said.

Mr Gutwein urged against complacency from Tasmanians in light of outbreaks on the mainland.

It was revealed 109 travellers from high-risk areas where in government quarantine in Tasmania.

"Continue to do the right things, the most important thing we can do personally is take responsibility," he said.

"Ensure that you continue to do those little things that keep you, your family and your community safe."

He said Tasmania would continue to monitor the situation in Queensland, and also expressed his sympathy to NSW over their unfolding COVID situation.

"What is occuring in NSW will have a detrimental impact on NSW and will have a detrimental impact on the country's economy," he said.

"It's important that while we are in a good place we do everything that we can to remain in that good place."

Despite border restrictions the upcoming AFL game in Hobart would go ahead and a second game would be held in Tasmania.

As of Monday, the state government reported 30,013 businesses had signed up to be part of the COVID Check In TAS app.

The amount of venues required to use the Check In TAS app would expand and businesses would also require staff to check in on each shift from July 31.

The state government is working on a series of tools and resources for businesses that will be impacted.

Everyone aged 16 or older was expected to check in regardless of the time spent in a venue.

Our public health have always taken a sensible, responsible but also conservative approach

Peter Gutwein
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