Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

All vaccinated intergovernmental and international arrivals can enter Tasmania without the need for quarantine from December 15, as long as they have returned a negative COVID-19 test, the state government has announced.

Prime Minister Peter Gutwein has unveiled the state’s roadmap for reopening to COVID hotspots and modeling for how the state’s healthcare system will handle coronavirus cases.

When 80 percent of the Tasmanian population over the age of 16 is fully vaccinated, interstate and international travelers can enter the state from a high-risk area if they carry out hotel quarantine or qualify for “risk-based” home quarantine.

From December 15, with a 90 percent vaccination rate for people over the age of 12, anyone can enter Tasmania without the need for quarantine as long as they are fully vaccinated.

Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein in suit gestures on a press conference podium in front of a "Keep an eye on COVID" sign.
Prime Minister Peter Gutwein says Tasmanians should not wait until December 14 to be vaccinated.

Interstate and international arrivals must deliver a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel, but returning Tasmanians do not need a test if they return from a trip shorter than seven days.

Gutwein said the reopening date of December 15 was fixed.

“We are not going to return from this date,” he said.

“I’m signaling to all eligible Tasmanians over the age of 12 that if you are not vaccinated, get it done and get it done as soon as you can.

“Do not wait until December 14.”

‘COVID is coming to Tasmania, make no mistake’

Gutwein said he was confident the vaccination targets would be met if people continued to show up.

He said Tasmania’s older and more vulnerable people had influenced the government’s reopening plan.

“We know that once our borders are relaxed, COVID will come to Tasmania, make no mistake about it,” Gutwein said.

The award also said the mandatory face mask rule is still in place despite the end of the three-day snap-lockdown in southern Tasmania would end immediately.

This rule was scheduled to end at 6 p.m. today, but the prime minister said it could end early without new cases.

There are still some circumstances where masks are required, including events like the Royal Hobart Show and the Salamanca Market.

Visiting restrictions for elderly care and hospitals end as planned at 18.00

Modeling that informs about reopening plan

Gutwein said modeling from the Kirby Institute helped inform Tasmania’s reopening plan.

“This modeling is Tasmanian – centered, updated to the elderly specific population of Tasmania and hospital capacity in our state and specific Tasmanian targets for vaccination,” he said.

“Although they do not predict the future, they help inform plans based on different scenarios.”

The modeling runs over 200 days and begins on December 1, assuming 10 infected cases on day one.

The model assumes that during the outbreak, 90 percent of 12-15-year-olds would be vaccinated in mid-January, but Gutwein said he expected Tasmania to reach 90 percent among that age group before.

“We expect less impact than what the modeling shows,” he said.

Gutwein said he expected a plan to vaccinate the 5 to 11-year-old age group would be approved in the coming weeks.

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