Travel restrictions to ease for parts of New South Wales and Queensland

The number of COVID-19 cases in New South Wales and Queensland are continuing to improve with no new locally acquired cases reported in either state as of yesterday.

Public Health have advised that in relation to Queensland, the Greater Brisbane Local Government areas which were considered a medium-risk can now be downgraded to a low-risk.

These are:

  • Brisbane
  • Moreton Bay
  • Ipswich
  • Redlands
  • Logan

This means that as of midnight last night, anyone who has spent time in the above local government areas in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania will no longer be required to quarantine on arrival.

Travellers in Tasmania who are currently in quarantine because they had been in any of those Greater Brisbane local government Areas in the 14 days prior to their arrival, will also be able to end their quarantine period from midnight last night.

“In New South Wales there has been a number of days without cases of community transmission and we are continuing to take a cautious approach in relation to the recent outbreak in western Sydney linked to the BWS outlet in Berala.” Said Peter Gutwein, Premier for Tasmania

“With that in mind and following Public Health consideration, we will be moving 24 of the Greater Sydney Local Government Areas to low-risk from midnight last night.”

However, there are 10 Local Government Areas in Greater Sydney where there were community cases or places where cases may have exposed others, which will be considered a medium risk for a further period of time.

These are:

  • Blacktown
  • Burwood
  • Canada Bay
  • Canterbury-Bankstown
  • Cumberland
  • Fairfield
  • Inner West
  • Liverpool
  • Paramatta
  • Strathfield

Travellers who have been in these local areas in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Tasmania will still be required to quarantine for 14 days.

If they have suitable premises, they will be able to undertake that quarantine at those premises.

Otherwise they will be required to undertake their quarantine at a Government designated premises where fees may apply.

If you have not been in these 10 local government areas, you will not be required to quarantine on arrival.

In the case for those already in quarantine, you will be required to complete your quarantine if you were in any of the 10 local government areas prior to arrival.

If you were not in any of these local government areas, your G2G pass will be updated and you will be notified that you are able to end your quarantine from midnight last night.

With regard to regional New South Wales, that situation remains unchanged with unrestricted travel with Tasmania.

“Importantly, I ask all travellers to visit the coronavirus website and look at the medium risk local government areas and notify authorities if you have been in one of those LGAs.” Said Mr Gutwein

“I would like to say thank you to everyone who continued to do the right thing by either changing their travel plans or complying with the quarantine requirements. These actions are playing an important role in keeping all of us safe and enabling us to keep on top of COVID.”

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