Prime Minister of Tasmania – Further COVID restrictions to be eased

June 15, 2022

Jeremy Rockliff, Prime Minister
Health Minister

As part of our continued transition to life with COVID-19 and in line with public health advice, Tasmania will be gradually lifting a number of our last remaining restrictions in the coming weeks.

From 12:01 a.m. on Saturday June 18, it will no longer be mandatory to wear masks at Tasmania’s airports, although people will still be required to wear masks on planes, in line with the national approach.

From 12.01am on Saturday June 25, people will no longer be required to wear face masks on public transport, including the Spirit of Tasmania, and it will no longer be compulsory to wear face masks in schools or centers early childhood education and care. .

In addition, from June 30, 2022, we will be exiting the declaration of public health emergency, which means that the requirement to wear face masks in all other remaining environments such as hospitals, care facilities for seniors, disability service providers and correctional facilities will not be mandatory, but will be based on a risk assessment for each setting.

I can also inform you that large cruise ships will once again be welcomed to our shores, with cruise ship visits to Tasmania due to begin with the next cruise season in October 2022 – giving a welcome boost to local businesses and our economy after almost three years. without.

These are sensible steps forward as we continue to transition into living with COVID-19 and making personal choices about COVID protections, and adjusting to a more normal lifestyle.

However, positive cases of COVID-19 will still need to be quarantined for at least seven days, and close contacts of positive cases will still need to wear face masks indoors when outside the home.

And while cases are trending down, it remains our collective responsibility to look out for each other by continuing to practice COVID-safe behaviors.

Please continue to practice good hand hygiene, practice social distancing, test when you have symptoms, wear a face covering in vulnerable environments or around vulnerable people, and stay home when you are not feeling well. not good.

And don’t forget to keep up to date with your COVID and flu vaccinations, which are currently free to all Tasmanians at state-run GPs, pharmacies and vaccination clinics.

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