Tasmanian coronavirus borders will remain closed until December 1
Tasmania’s borders will remain closed until at least December 1.
The island state has only one asset coronavirus case, a hospitalized man who returned from Melbourne after receiving medical treatment in early August.
The decision leaves enough time for the COVID-19 situation in Victoria to be brought under control, Prime Minister Peter Gutwein told the state parliament on Tuesday.
“At the moment the risk posed to Tasmania by the situation in Victoria is considerable,” he said.
“We have to avoid a situation like Victoria or NSW because we would have to impose serious restrictions again.”
Gutwein said the precise date would bring certainty to the community and businesses.
Victoria reported 222 more cases of COVID-19 and 17 more deaths on Tuesday.
Grants totaling $ 7.5 million will be given to Tasmanians by December to encourage them to vacation at home, he said.
“We also recognize that there is a need to do more to help our hospitality and tourism industry,” said Gutwein.
Tasmania closed its borders at the end of March.
It has recorded a total of 228 cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths.