Important information for people in north-west Tasmania

Our health professionals and other essential workers are working hard to protect people in the north west of Tasmania from COVID-19. Additional measures are being put in place to contain the disease, with particular focus on protecting the north west community.

It is every person’s responsibility to follow the rules. Stay home unless going out for essential reasons. Is your trip really necessary? There are simple measures you can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep yourself and others safe.

Business restrictions

Business restrictions are currently in place across Tasmania to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and these restrictions remain in place. Further restrictions are being introduced in the North West Region to help protect the community and reduce the risk of further spread. These measures at aimed at reducing customer facing interactions wherever possible. The restrictions will be in place for businesses located in the following municipal areas: Latrobe, Kentish, Devonport, Central Coast, Burnie, Wynyard-Waratah, Circular Head and West Coast.

Businesses restrictions will come into place from midnight on 12 April 2020 for a period of 14 days and include:

–              Closure of most retail businesses except for those providing:

o             Essential services such as medical services, pharmacies, supermarkets, green grocers, food take-way, service/petrol stations, bakeries,  laundromats and dry cleaners, newsagents, rural services and general stores, bottleshops, IT repairs, car repairers (but new and used car sales are closed), veterinary services, animal and pet food supplies and banks.

o             Trade supply stores open to trade customers only.

Importantly big box retailers or other retailers who choose to offer online sales and home delivery can continue to operate.

If you operate a retail business that does not fall into these categories, and you are unable to offer online sales and home delivery you must close. Exemptions may be available in certain circumstances.

Local Government essential services will continue to operate

There will be an  Order under the Public Health Act which will take effect from midnight tonight , and this may contain further detail which will be communicated publicly in newspaper advertisements and radio announcements and some targeted messaging to the NW community.

If in doubt contact the public health hotline: 1800671 738.