Tasmania is relaxing coronavirus restrictions early, allowing more movement around the state ahead of the coming long weekend.
Key points:From Friday at 3:00pm, Tasmania will move to “stage two” of its recovery roadmap, the Premier saysThe restrictions lifting mean camping and overnight stays will be permittedPubs and clubs, excluding nightclubs, will also be allowed up to 40 patrons
The state was due to move to “stage two” of its recovery “roadmap” on June 15, but many restrictions will now be lifted from 3:00pm this Friday.
Speaking this morning, Premier Peter Gutwein said camping and overnight stays would be permitted, and pubs and clubs, excluding nightclubs, would be allowed up to 40 patrons.
He said the 40-patron limit would be allowed “subject to final advice from public health on social distancing after consultation with industry”.
“Seated drinking will be allowed as well, there will be no need to serve food,” the Premier said.
High school students in years seven to 10 will still return to classrooms on June 9, and racing will resume as planned on June 13.
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Tasmania has only four active cases, and has not had a new positive case for 17 days.
“Measures taken here in Australia and in Tasmania especially have been swift and they have worked,” Mr Gutwein said.
The Premier said it was time for the Tasmanians to “sensibly and responsibly” enjoy their state again, observing social distancing rules.
“Let’s take this bold step to get this state back on track,” he said.
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Other changes from Friday include:
Gatherings increase to 20 people in settings like cinemas, museums and galleries Gyms and bootcamps with 20 people will be allowed indoors and outdoorsFunerals will increase to 50 peopleWeddings can have 20 guestsTabcorp retail shopfronts will reopenBeauty therapy, tattooists, nails, waxing and tanning businesses can reopenOutdoor and indoor sport can resume abiding by the 20-person limit Pubs and clubs will be able to have 40 patrons where sufficient space allows.(774 ABC Melbourne: Simon Leo Brown)
Mr Gutwein said stage three would also move forward, with a review in mid-June to see if it could occur at the end of the month.
“While our journey isn’t over, not by a long shot, we definitely are in a better place,” he said.
He thanked all Tasmanians and those in the health sector, public health officials, frontline responders and public servants who had “gone above and beyond” in their efforts.
“We’re only here because we came together and we worked hard to supress this virus,” he said.
“I’m so proud of Tasmanians today, this is a fantastic outcome and a great opportunity and I’m certainly — like many Tasmanians — looking forward to the long weekend coming and an [opportunity] to get out and enjoy this great state again.”
The restrictions mean Tasmanians can move more freely around the state on the long weekend.(ABC Landline: Margot Kelly)Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreakWhat you need to know about coronavirus: