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Tas borders expected to reopen next month

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Tasmania is planning to reopen its borders to the mainland in four weeks.

Premier Peter Gutwein has announced the state intends to ease border restrictions on July 24, depending public health advice.

He says the state will review the coronavirus situation in other jurisdictions over the next month, paying particular attention to a spike in Victoria.

“Over the next four weeks we will put into place a plan for safe relaxation of our border restrictions,” he said.

“We will review other states and territories and review Victoria’s status in two weeks, if we were opening up tomorrow, we would not be opening up our borders with Victoria."

"If the public health advice is that we should maintain our restrictions, then we will maintain our restrictions," Mr Gutwein said.

“I simply won’t put Tasmanians’ lives at risk and it’s important we act on public health advice we’re receiving. There needs to be adequate time between the easing of restrictions today at noon to when we reopen borders.”

Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch says he understands there's apprehension in the community about the opening of borders, specifically highlighting Victoria’s situation.

“I know there are mixed feelings around the state,” Mr Veitch said.

“Currently the Australian situation, aside from the worrying situation in Victoria, is very good.”

The state government says a new app is being developed which will effectively replace the Tasmanian Arrivals Card.

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