Lockdown ending but masks to be worn until Friday

SOUTHERN Tasmania will emerge from its three-day coronavirus lockdown at 6pm today (Monday) but some restrictions will remain in place until 6pm this Friday, including the compulsory wearing of masks outside the home.

Premier Peter Gutwein this morning said people will no longer have to stay home after the end of the lockdown, but face masks must still be worn outside the home by everyone aged 12 years and older in the 12 declared local government areas, including the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands.

Masks must also be worn if visiting someone else’s home unless you are in a significant relationship with the person you are visiting. From 6pm tonight, the household gathering limit will return to pre-lockdown restrictions of up to 100 people. See gatherings restrictions for more details.

Some exemptions to face mask wearing will continue to apply including primary school students (12 year old primary schools students do not have to wear a face mask in school but must wear one elsewhere). Teachers in primary and secondary schools, and secondary students, will be required to wear face masks during this time. See face masks exemptions for more details.

Aged care and hospital restrictions will remain in place until 6pm this Friday, October 22 – see aged care and hospitals for more details.

Travel restrictions within Tasmania no longer apply but anyone who enters or exits southern Tasmania up to 6pm this Friday will need to continue to follow the mask wearing requirements – this includes when you leave the Southern Tasmania area.

If you have any cold or flu symptoms call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 to book a COVID-19 test. You can also register online at testing.

Free vaccinations continue to be offered against COVID-19. Most community clinics are now accepting walk-ins and you don’t need an appointment. This includes pop-up clinics at Ouse this morning and Hamilton this afternoon, and New Norfolk tomorrow and Wednesday.

To find out where you can get vaccinated, go to www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/vaccine.

Businesses and individuals who have suffered financially as a result of the lockdown or compulsory quarantining can find out about support by calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

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