Facilitating important expeditions and keeping Tasmanians safe

15 Oct 2020

Scott Tilyard, Deputy State Controller, COVID-19

  • A contingent of international Antarctic expeditioners will arrive into hotel quarantine in Hobart tomorrow to complete 14 days quarantine ahead of their departure to Antarctica.
  • To ensure the safety of all Tasmanians and the expeditioners themselves, they will be housed separately from any other quarantine facilities at Rydges Hotel in North Hobart.
  • Letters to neighbouring North Hobart residences and businesses are being distributed today outlining the measures in place to manage the quarantine process. Stringent arrival, quarantine and safety protocols have been put in place and all quarantine protocols will be strictly adhered to.
  • Some of the contingent will be housed at the Travelodge at Hobart Airport. There are no neighbouring residences but nearby businesses have been contacted about their arrival and quarantining process.
  • As outlined when the contingent was announced by the Deputy Premier last week, Tasmania Police will be supported by the Australian Defence Force in the provision of security and private security will also assist. Communities Tasmania is responsible for management of the quarantine arrangements at the hotel. We thank the ADF for their support.
  • Tasmania and Antarctica are currently free of COVID-19, and we will do everything possible to maintain this status.
  • The expeditioners have already completed 14 days of isolation and returned a negative test for COVID-19 before their departure from their country of origin. The group is highly motivated to maintain quarantine and keep Antarctica COVID-19 free and absolute adherence to quarantine compliance is expected.
  • Tasmania is the gateway to the Antarctic, and we need to ensure that we can accommodate safe transit for international Antarctic expeditions.
  • We appreciate the support our local hotels provide in working with us to manage a safe and effective hotel quarantine program. A commitment to implementation of COVID-19 safe practices is everyone’s responsibility and we thank the community and businesses for their support in keeping Tasmania safe.

    A copy of the letter to residents is available here