Tasmania and ACT ease border restrictions

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Australia’s domestic travel parameters have changed once again, with Tasmania and ACT easing restrictions for certain travellers.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein announced yesterday that Greater Brisbane is now classified as ‘medium risk’, meaning travellers from the area are allowed to come to visit the state.

However, they will still need to quarantine either at a suitable residence or in government accommodation at their own expense.

“We will continue to monitor the situation in Queensland closely and subject to the situation in Brisbane continuing to improve, I am hopeful that by the end of the week, Greater Brisbane could return to being classified as low risk, meaning a return to unrestricted travel,” Gutwein said in a statement.

Tasmania’s Premier said the Greater Sydney area and Wollongong in NSW will remain classified as medium risk for the time being, given the number of locally acquired COVID-19 cases recorded in NSW over the weekend.

“The situation in both states will be reviewed again this coming Friday,” Gutwein said.

The Tasmanian government has also lifted restrictions for Victorian hotspots, meaning all travellers from the state are now classified as low risk and can enter Tasmania without having to quarantine.

From this Friday, a public health direction that face masks be worn on commercial flights in Tasmanian airspace, both from interstate and within the state, and at airports, will come into force.

Tasmania will also be putting in place a direction to support TT Line’s current policy requiring mask-wearing on the Spirit of Tasmania and for it to apply to the seaport.

Meanwhile, the ACT will remove the Northern Beaches from its list of COVID-affected local government areas (LGAs) in Sydney today at 3pm (AEDT).

However, a public health direction still remains in place for 10 Sydney LGAs: Blacktown, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, the Inner West, Liverpool, Parramatta, and Strathfield.


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