COVID-19 Update - Victoria and New Zealand

17 Jan 2021

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

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

For now, Victoria will remain designated as high-risk. Provided there is no evidence of community risk in Victoria in the next 48 hours, it is intended to designate Victoria as low-risk from 12.01am Saturday.

Until then, travellers who have spent time in Victoria in the 14 days before their travel to Tasmania will not be permitted to enter Tasmania unless approved as an Essential Traveller.

Until then, travellers from Victoria, including returning Tasmanians, will still need to apply to the Deputy State Controller to enter the state via the G2G PASS system, and be subject to quarantine, testing and hotel quarantine fee requirements.

People who arrived in Tasmania from Victoria on or after Saturday 12 February need to remain in quarantine until the Victorian risk designation is changed.

People who arrived in Tasmania from Victoria on or before Friday 12 February who were at any recent high risk premises in Victoria, must also remain in quarantine.

A list of high-risk premises is at: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania/travel-alert.

If you have been at any of these places at these dates and times, self-isolate immediately and call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice and to arrange testing.

There have been two more cases of COVID-19 linked to an outbreak south of Auckland in New Zealand. The Director of Public Health previously designated 3 regions in New Zealand as high-risk locations from 4.30pm Monday.

If you are in Tasmania and have been in the Auckland Region, the Taranaki Region or Waikato Region since 1 February, you should self-isolate and arrange a COVID-19 test by contacting the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

If you have been at any of the specific locations of interest within these regions identified by the NZ Ministry of Health (see COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest | Ministry of Health NZ) you should immediately contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for further advice.

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