Tasmanian fly-in fly-out workers returning from interstate will have to go into quarantine for the time they are home but Federal MPs and specialists in key areas will be exempt.
The Tasmanian Government tonight moved to clarify exemptions under its new travel restrictions requiring people coming to the State to quarantine for 14 days.
"A Tasmanian resident FIFO worker returning from working interstate will have to go into quarantine (using the national isolation guidelines) but will not be subject to a minimum of 14 days. They only need to self-isolate for the period that they are back home in Tasmania," the guidelines said.
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"A non-Tasmanian who travels in to work in Tasmania will have to do the mandatory 14 days quarantine, unless they fall under one of the above categories of exemption."
People who are exempt include active military personnel, MPs, health, transport and freight specialists, flight and ship crews, paramedics and ambulance officers.
There is also provision for people to avoid quarantine if it would lead to' "an unusual, undeserved or disproportionate hardship" and those who are "essential for the proper functioning of Tasmania".
A major North-West employer says travel restrictions because of the coronavirus will have a major impact on fly-in fly-out workers in Tasmania.
Maintenance Systems Solutions chief executive Adam Brooks said about 50 per cent of his workforce of nearly 200 regularly travelled interstate.
"It is a challenging time and it will be significant for our staff who fly in and out do very specialist work," Mr Brooks said.
"These workers are paid an hourly rate and they've got mortgages and kids and commitments but none of them have said yet they don't want to fly.
"The challenge, which applies to everyone, including people working as casuals in cafes, is we don't know how long this will go on for."
Mr Brooks said so far none of his employees were concerned about travelling and self-isolating.
"Our people are our biggest asset and some are already working from home and we have put in place strict protocols to protect our staff, our customers and the community," he said.
"We will work with all of our employees to provide support and assistance for the unprecedented measures that are being put in place."
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Mr Brooks, who was in the United States just a few weeks ago, said New Zealand travel restrictions had had an impact.
"We just can't travel as we used to and it will have a big impact but we will make sure our workers self-isolate if that is what they have to do," he said.
Fruit Growers Tasmania chief executive Peter Cornish said growers were not too worried about having enough fruit pickers.
"We're pretty good at the moment but we may have lost a few overseas backpackers," Mr Cornish said.
"The hospitality industry has been hit hard and hasn't got demand so our local supply of workers could increase.
"Fruit picking isn't for everyone, it's pretty physical work."
Tasmanian Seafoods managing director Darvin Hansen said his chief executive was based in New South Wales and the business would turn to video-conferencing because of the travel restrictions.
"We congratulate the Premier on the steps he has taken," Mr Hansen said.