Tasmania to open borders from 24 July
26 June 2020, Written by David Simmons
If everything goes to plan, Tasmania will open up its borders to the rest of the country on 24 July.
This plan to further ease COVID-19 restrictions in the state will be reassessed regularly over the next four weeks, with a formal review into the situation in Victoria to be conducted in a fortnight from now.
Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein says the state will not reopen its borders if medical advice says it is not safe to do so.
"If the public health advice, at that time or in the immediate lead up to that date, is that it is not safe to open and remove our restrictions then, very simply, we will not open up our borders," says Premier Gutwein.
"Over the next four weeks we'll put in place a plan to support a safe relaxation of our border restrictions and we'll include the reviewing of the circumstances of other states and territories on a weekly basis and we will have a full review of Victoria's situation in two weeks."
The Premier says the situation in Victoria as it is today would mean Tasmania would remain closed to its northern neighbour.
"I want to be absolutely clear, as the circumstances stand today, if we were opening up tomorrow we would not be opening up our borders with Victoria tomorrow," says Gutwein.
The opening up of Tasmania's borders on 24 July will include heightened measures at the State's borders, including at airports and seaports.
Border safety will be supported by an app, currently under development, that incoming travellers to Tasmania will have to download and use. This app will be complemented by a manual record system too for those unable to download the app.
The app will replace Tasmania's current arrivals form and will include the use of a QR scanner.
Updated at 4:17pm AEST on 26 June 2020.
Author: David Simmons