Tasmania to consider opening borders to some states before the end of October

The Tasmanian Government will consider bringing forward the date for easing coronavirus border restrictions to the end of October.

Premier Peter Gutwein said travellers from safe jurisdictions may be able to enter the state, if approved by the State Controller, earlier than December 1 — the previous date the Tasmanian Government had been sticking to.

“We are not declaring that we will open early [but] I think there is a good chance we would be able to open towards the end of the month [of October],” he said.

Mr Gutwein also said Tasmania wasn’t in a position to receive flights including Australians returning from overseas because it didn’t have an international airport.

He said his Government would make a financial contribution to flights into other states and, if required, would work with the Commonwealth on “bespoke options” such as emergency charter flights into Tasmania.

Mr Gutwein also announced crowd capacity at outdoor venues such as sporting grounds would increase from 500 to 1000 from September 25, as long as COVID-19 safety plans were in place.

From midnight on September 20, Tasmanian FIFO workers in low-risk jurisdictions would be allowed to come home without quarantining.

From next week, seasonal workers would also be allowed to enter the state under “COVID-safe conditions” to help on the state’s farms.

More to come.

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