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Residents aged 70 and over should self-isolate now

If you have family members or friends who are over 70 or over 60 with chronic illness, the safest thing they can do is self isolate & stay home. While all residents have been instructed to do their shopping as infrequently as possible, those over 70 (or over 60 with…

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JobKeeper Payment announced

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today announced a JobKeeper payment to “cushion the blow” of the coronavirus. Applying to full-time, part-time and casual workers, as well as sole traders, the wage subsidy of $1,500 per employee per fortnight will help keep employees on the books as we navigate the pandemic.

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The best place for people to be is at home

Following yesterday’s National Cabinet meeting, Premier Peter Gutwein today announced a suite of new measures designed to help Tasmania stay ahead of the curve. While Mr Gutwein said “Fortunately to date, we haven’t been as affected by the virus as some other states, we’ve said consistently the best place for…

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Restrictions on Recreational Vessels

The crew of all recreational vessels arriving in Tasmanian waters from interstate must contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 immediately on arrival, before anyone disembarks from the vessel. Commercial fishers and recreational boaters will not need to self-isolate if they have not set foot interstate or…

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All national parks and reserves now closed

Parks and Wildlife Services is calling on Tasmanian’s to support the national effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and stay home. To stop any non-essential travel during this time, all national parks and reserves closed from midnight on 26 March 2020. No day or overnight walks, mountain biking, fishing…

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State controlled quarantine facilities in place

Prime Minister Scott Morrison today announced that travellers arriving in Australia after 11:59 PM on Saturday 28 March will now be quarantined in hotels at their port of arrival. Following this announcement, Premier Peter Gutwein said “people who had been quarantined for 14 days at a mainland port would be…

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Business stimulus announced as part of Economic support package

“There are more than 38,000 small business and sole traders in Tasmania – they are the backbone of our economy” said Premier Peter Gutwein in his ministerial address this afternoon. “We want to do everything we can to support these business to survive the corona crisis and come out the…

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Government to underwrite essential air services to the Island

In the updated economic support package announced this afternoon, Premier Peter Gutwein said “the Maintenance of our supply chains at this time is absolutely essential.” “Air transport from Melbourne and Northern Tasmania is critical to maintaining essential access to King and Flinders Island, including essential consumer goods for Island residents.

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Message from the Post Office team

Good Morning King Islanders, Currie Licensed Post Office and King Island News agency are considered an essential service and as such will remain open. In order for us to continue to provide a consistent and best practice service to all King Islanders we will be altering our opening hours to…

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Airport terminal closed to all but passengers and essential staff

Effective immediately the King Island Airport terminal is closed to all but passengers and essential staff. If you are dropping-off or picking-up family or friends from the terminal, please stay in your vehicle. Maintaining the health and well being of our community is of paramount importance and we thank you…

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