COVID-19 update: Victoria

19 Feb 2021

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

Tasmania’s Public Health Services continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Victoria following an outbreak linked to cases arising from the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport.

With no unmanaged public health risk from recent COVID-19 cases in Victoria, the Tasmanian Director of Public Health has confirmed that from 12:01am tomorrow (Saturday, 20 February) Victoria will move to a low-risk classification, leaving only specific exposure sites retained as high risk premises.

The designation of high-risk locations within Terminal 4 of Melbourne airport on 9 February 2021 has also been changed. This is a result of the ongoing investigation of Victorian cases.

1. People who arrived in Tasmania on or after Saturday 13 February and are in quarantine

People who arrived in Tasmania on or after 13 February and are in quarantine because they were in Victoria in the previous 14 days (but not at a high-risk premises) will be able to leave quarantine once they have received approval.

People who arrived on or after 13 February via the G2G PASS system have been contacted by email and/or SMS and asked to confirm that they have not been in any of the current high-risk premises by emailing quarantine.review@police.tas.gov.au or calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. People who respond with a confirmation will receive an updated G2G PASS allowing them to be released from quarantine at 12.01am tonight.

Any person who was at a high-risk premises at the specific dates and times must still complete the 14-day quarantine requirement. A list of current high-risk premises is at: www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania/travel-alert.

People who arrived in Tasmania on or before Friday 12 February and who are in quarantine because they were in Terminal 4 at Melbourne Airport on 9 February, or another high-risk premises.

The designation of high-risk locations within Terminal 4 of Melbourne airport on 9 February 2021 has been changed.

This change may affect people who arrived in Tasmania on or before 12 February and who are in quarantine because they were in Terminal 4 at Melbourne Airport on 9 February.

From now, this high risk premises is limited to Brunetti café including the café’s seating from 4:45am to 2pm on 9 February 2021. If you purchased food or drink or ate at the café at these times you must remain in quarantine until 23 February 2021.

If you were only in other parts of Terminal 4 on 9 February 2021, you may leave quarantine provided you meet all the following conditions:

  • You have had at least one negative COVID-19 test on or after Friday 12 February. If you have not had a test you must have one and receive a negative result before leaving quarantine.
  • You have no symptoms of COVID-19
  • You have not been at any other Victorian high-risk premises listed on the Tasmanian Coronavirus website.

Persons to whom these changes and requirements apply are being contacted by SMS with this advice. If you believe these apply to you but have not been contacted, please ring the Public Hotline on 1800 671 738.

People arriving in Tasmania on or after Saturday 20 February

People arriving in Tasmania after 12:01am Saturday 20 February will not be required to quarantine if they have not been at any of the high-risk premises at the specified dates and times. Travellers should now register their travel and contact details via the Tas e-Travel system to receive a Tas e-Travel QR code.

Travellers who have been at any of the high-risk premises at the specific dates and times listed will not be permitted to enter Tasmania (unless approved as an Essential Traveller). The most effective way of applying for this is via the G2G system.

If anyone has cold or flu-like symptoms, even mild, contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to book a test.