Tasmania lifts travel restrictions on Victoria as contact tracing brings outbreak under control

Tasmania reopens to Victoria from midnight

Tasmania will designate Victoria a low-risk location from midnight tonight after contact tracing efforts brought an outbreak in the state under control, Premier Peter Gutwein says.

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases linked to hotel quarantine triggered a five-day snap lockdown in Victoria last week.

There were three new cases detected in the past 24 hours, but they were all in quarantine and were close contacts of previously known cases.


Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said Victoria would be designated a low-risk location from 12.01am Saturday - meaning people from within the state would be able to travel to Tasmania without quarantine.

He said there is still a list of hotspots in Victoria which people will need a exemption to travel from.

"If you have been to one of those high-risk premises, and I understand there is a little more than 33 listed at the moment, you will not be allowed to enter Tasmania," Mr Gutwein said.

"The only way would be if you were authorised as an essential traveller through the good to system. In which case quarantine or other restrictions could apply."

Mr Gutwein said there were more than 800 people quarantining in Tasmania either in home isolation or government facilities.

He said public health would be in touch with those people to advise them on any updates to their situation.

"For people who are in quarantine due to being in Victoria or a high-risk premises. They are going to be contacted directly by health authorities through the Good2Go app or by public health via text and advised of their individual situation," Mr Gutwein said.

"If you are currently in quarantine because you have arrived from Victoria on our after February 13 and you have not been to a high-risk premises you will be contacted by SMS and you will be authorised to leave quarantine at 12.01am tonight.

"I do want to stress however [that] it is important that you wait until you are contacted and that you completed the process with authorities before leaving."

You can find a full list of Victoria hotspots here.

Vaccine to arrive a day early

The first doses of the Pfizer vaccine scheduled to land in Hobart on Monday will now arrive Sunday afternoon, Health Minster Sarah Courtney said.

The doses will be delivered to the Royal Hobart Hospital with vaccinations expected to begin on Tuesday morning.

Priority groups including border and quarantine facility workers, vaccination teams, testing clinic staff, staff at laboratories involved in the collection and processing of samples, emergency department staff, intensive care staff and key ambulance personnel, will be vaccinated first.

Ms Courtney said about 200 people have been booked in for their vaccination on Tuesday. She said all available doses will be used this week with a second batch expected to arrive in Tasmania next Sunday.