Australia Coronavirus border closures relaxed for SA, WA, NT travellers, Tasmanian Premier says

09:17  24 july  2020
09:17  24 july  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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SA Premier Steven Marshall said a decision to open the Queensland border is also under consideration. While the change applies for travellers coming into SA , Mr Marshall said it would be up to other states to decide whether similar arrangements would apply for South Australian residents

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Tasmania will open its borders to travellers from South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory from August 7, Premier Peter Gutwein has announced today, under the Government's revising of coronavirus restrictions.

"In terms of relaxing border restrictions with the other states, unfortunately, due to the situation in Victoria, we will need to take a longer-term view … and I can't see Victoria being opened up to Tasmania any time in the near future," he said.

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"Tasmania, along with five other jurisdictions, has no community transmission (of COVID-19) and zero or very low case numbers," Mr Gutwein said.

"Tasmania is one of the safest places on the planet and in Public Health's view, so are South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, which are equally as safe."

Mr Gutwein said additional border safety measures will be put in place at Tasmania's sea and air ports.

New safety measures will include a mandatory health check for every arriving passenger.

Upcoming AFL games planned to take place in Tasmania, announced just this week, "would not be going ahead" as those teams would be "coming from Queensland", Mr Gutwein said.

More to come.

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