Tasmania orders sweeping mask mandates for all indoor spaces including offices days after it opened its borders and found few cases of Covid – as other countries lower restrictions
- Tasmanians have been ordered to wear masks in all indoor spaces from Monday
- Face coverings will be mandatory in officers, retail stores, gyms, bars and restaurants
- New South Wales and Victoria have reduced a range of restrictions, including rules for masks
- Despite the surge in cases, the New South Wales Premier has vowed not to reverse the decision
- Tasmania has recorded seven new cases since the border opened last week
Tasmania will order residents to wear masks in all indoor spaces after a cluster of Covid cases triggered a blanket mandate.
Prime Minister Peter Gutwin announced that the new rules regarding masks will come into effect from 12.01am on Monday during a press conference on Sunday.
The mask authorization applies to all indoor spaces including offices, retail, gyms, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, clubs, public transportation and shared ride vehicles.
“We’ve done this before and in fact a lot of Tasmanians are already doing it,” Gutwin told reporters.
Tasmania will order residents to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces after a cluster of Covid cases triggered a blanket mask mandate (Pictured, arrivals at Hobart Airport)
Prime Minister Peter Gutwin (pictured) announced that the new rules for masks will come into effect from 12:01 a.m. the following day during a press conference on Sunday.
By contrast, New South Wales and Victoria reduced a series of Covid restrictions last week, despite rising case numbers and a worrying spread of the omicron variant.
In NSW, masks are now only required in some high-risk areas such as public transport, aircraft and unvaccinated hospitality staff at the front of the home.
Prime Minister Dominique Perrottet said that despite the increase in new infections, the mask will not be re-imposed at this point as he monitors hospital numbers.
Tasmania recorded three new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, bringing the state’s total active infections to seven after the island nation reopened borders on Wednesday.
Tasmania recorded three new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the state’s total active infections to seven (Pictured, Tasmanians at a Hobart shopping mall)
Of the seven cases detected in Tasmania, six are receiving treatment at home while one is being cared for in a community facility (pictured, a lone runner on a Hobart street)
Of the seven cases, six are receiving treatment at home while one is being cared for in a community facility.
Authorities believe one of the cases is a “man in his 30s who arrived in Hobart from Melbourne on Friday”.
Another case is a woman in her 50s who arrived from Sydney in Launceston on Wednesday, while one was a family member and in close contact with a previous case.
On Saturday, health officials announced that a man in his ‘late teens’ had contracted the virus in northern Tasmania, leading to a list of new exposure sites for the Covid virus.
On the same day the island opened its doors to travelers, New South Wales eased a range of Covid restrictions and allowed new freedoms for the unvaccinated.
The mask mandate will apply to all indoor venues including officers, retail, gyms, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, clubs, public transportation and shared ride vehicles.
On the same day Tasmania reopened its borders, New South Wales eased a host of Covid restrictions and allowed new freedoms for non-vaccinators (Pictured, residents walk along Hobart Mall)
Meanwhile, a government spokesperson in Victoria said there were no plans to impose new limits on capacity or cancel major events as case numbers soar.
New South Wales and Victoria are set to lift 72-hour isolation rules for international arrivals from December 21 – less than a month after authorities first imposed the law.
As of Sunday, nearly 96 percent of the eligible population in Tasmania had received a single dose of the Covid vaccine, while 90 percent had received two doses.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, 13 people from the island have died from the virus while 225 have recovered.