COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) information and updates

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If you think you may have come in contact with the COVID-19 virus and feel unwell, please call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for advice.

CURENT RESTRICTIONS DUE TO COVID-19

Tasmanians are required to stay at home unless they are:

  • shopping for supplies or services
  • undertaking personal exercise
  • attending medical, or health care, appointments or for medical treatment
  • providing social support, or care, to another person (including compassionate needs, or to facilitate shared custody, guardianship or care arrangements for another person)
  • attending school or study, if unable to be performed at the person’s home
  • attending work, or volunteering, if unable to be performed at the person’s home
  • seeking veterinary services for an animal
  • performing essential maintenance, or security inspections, of another premises owned, or occupied, by the person
  • attending another location if you have a reasonable excuse, in the opinion of the Director of Public Health or his or her delegate, to attend the location.

The Tasmanian Government recommends that Indigenous people over the age of 50; people over the age of 65 with existing health conditions or co-morbidities; and anyone over the age of 70 should stay at home as much as possible to protect their health.

See the full list of restricted business activities

LATEST ADVICE FROM CITY OF HOBART:

7/4/20: Premier Peter Gutwein has announced that, as of noon today, people will not be able to visit patients in hospital for any reason except: visiting a partner after the birth of a child, parents visiting dependent children who are sick, or for compassionate or end of life reasons. Visits to aged care facilities are also to be limited to end of life and compassionate circumstances, to be determined by the facility.

2/4/20: Quick response grants are now available to assist retail businesses move into online sales. Up to 100 grants of $300 each are available through the eCommerce Support Grant. The grant amount represents the approximate cost for six months of ecommerce support. More information and eligibility criteria.

Further assistance has been provided to hospital staff wishing to park at the Argyle Street car park. Staff nominated by their employer as being critical to the COVID-19 frontline response will continue to receive free parking at the facility. All other hospital staff can access a special flat rate for $8 per day with no maximum time limit. Hospital staff need to present their ticket with their staff ID to the cashier's desk, where it will be coded for exit at the reduced rate. More information

30/3/20: All playgrounds and skateparks are now closed, as per directive from the Prime Minister. Parks and open spaces can still be accessed for exercise purposes. Further advice from the Australian Government can be found at australia.gov.au.

27/3/20: The Wellington Park Trust has closed Wellington Park to all recreation and tourism use until further notice. 

For detailed information on COVID-19 in Tasmania, current restrictions and other advice, visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au.

For updates relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia, visit health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert