“We’re on top of this”: Southern Tasmania to exit lockdown tonight

“We’re on top of this”: Southern Tasmania to exit lockdown tonight

Southern Tasmania will leave lockdown at 6pm tonight following three days of stay-at-home restrictions which were initially established to stop a potential outbreak of COVID-19 last Friday afternoon.

The restrictions were put in place after a COVID-positive man breached hotel quarantine last week and was allegedly “uncooperative” with health officials, refusing to detail his 18 hours of movements in the community.

Since the lockdown was established no new COVID-19 cases were detected in Tasmania, with the state’s Premier Peter Gutwein declaring today he was “on top of this”.

As such, lockdown will end for 12 local government areas (LGAs) in Southern Tasmania as scheduled at 6pm tonight.

For the most part, the LGAs are snapping back to pre-lockdown rules, but masks must still be worn indoors and visitation restrictions for aged care and hospitals will remain in place until 6pm on Friday.

In terms of business support for those impacted by the three-day lockdown, Gutwein says Business Tasmania is working on a one-off package which will be unveiled later this week.

Updated at 11.45am AEDT on 18 October 2021.

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