Derwent Valley and Central Highlands in southern COVID-19 lockdown

THE Derwent Valley and Central Highlands municipalities are among the 12 southern Tasmanian municipalities involved in a three-day coronavirus lockdown from 6pm today (October 15). CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE LOCKDOWN.

Premier Peter Gutwein said earlier today that the lockdown was needed to identify if there were further cases of COVID-19 in the community following this week’s incident in which a COVID-positive person evaded quarantine in Hobart.

The lockdown includes the local government areas of: Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands and Tasman. To see a map of the area, click here.

People in those areas must stay at home unless they are:

  1. Shopping  for urgent household supplies within 5 km of home — only one person from a household at any one time.
  2. Attending medical or health care appointments, including COVID-19 testing or vaccinations.
  3. A permitted worker  — a person working for a provider or business that is permitted to operate, and who cannot work from home.
  4. Going to school  — if the child of a permitted worker, or if unable to learn at home, or going to child care.
  5. Exercising once per day outdoors within 5 km of home for up to two hours — alone or with your household or with one other person for safety reasons.
  6. Caring for a vulnerable person  or for other compassionate reasons.
  7. In other permitted circumstances, such as in an emergency or to escape harm relating to family violence.

Additionally, people must not enter or leave the lockdown area of southern Tasmania unless they have a permitted reason.

Facemasks must be worn outside the home by people aged 12 years and older (unless they are still at primary school or have a medical reason). 

For more information on the restrictions and conditions of lockdown, go to Lockdown Measures.

If you have any cold or flu symptoms – no matter how mild – call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to book a COVID-19 test. You can also register online at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/testing.

People without symptoms are urged to seek vaccination. Most community clinics are now accepting walk-ins and you don’t need an appointment. To find out where you can get vaccinated, go to www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/vaccine.

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