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Tasmania to reopen border to Victoria, as NT revokes Greater Melbourne’s hotspot status

Huntley Mitchell

Huntley Mitchell

With Victoria officially out of its five-day “circuit breaker” lockdown, Tasmania and the Northern Territory have announced an easing of restrictions for travellers from the state.

The Tasmanian government has advised that Victoria will return to being a ‘low risk’ region from Saturday, pending no further COVID-19 cases in Victoria that are considered a public health risk.

“All declared high-risk premises in Victoria will remain at their current level, meaning any traveller who has been at those premises at the specific dates and times will be required to complete the 14-day quarantine requirement currently in place,” according to an update on Tasmania’s Public Health site.

“Pending no further public health risk cases being identified in Victoria, any traveller arriving in Tasmania after 12:01am Saturday 20 February will not be required to quarantine on arrival, as long as they have not been at any of the high-risk premises at the specified dates and times.

“Travellers who have been at any of the identified high-risk premises at the specific dates and times will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless approved as an essential traveller.”

Meanwhile, the Northern Territory has revoked the status of Greater Melbourne as a COVID-19 hotspot, meaning people are able to travel to the NT from there without having to quarantine.

South Australia has lifted travel restrictions with regional Victoria, with further plans to ease restrictions for Greater Melbourne from 25 February, provided there are no further COVID-19 cases of community transmission.


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