The Easter Bunny will be classed as an essential traveller and therefore allowed to enter the state to deliver eggs without having to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, Premier Peter Gutwein has announced.
Along with those tasked with assisting in the response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Easter Bunny will be exempt from the tough border restrictions imposed on non-essential travellers coming into the state.
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It will come as welcome relief to Tasmanians eagerly anticipating the provision of chocolate eggs this Easter Sunday.
Mr Gutwein said he'd had representations from a number of young constituents who were concerned that the Easter Bunny may not have fulfilled the criteria for essential traveller status.
"Over the weekend, I've actually had a number of emails ... one from a delightful young fellow whose brother was taken out of school [and had to] self-isolate because he had an underlying health condition," the Premier said. "He wrote to me, an eight-year-old ... wanting to know whether or not the Easter Bunny would come."
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"Obviously we've put in place some very strict restrictions in terms of people entering the state.
"Non-essential travellers, for obvious reasons, go into 14 days' quarantine.
"It's my personal view, based on a discussion with Public Health [Services] this morning, that the Easter Bunny can be classed as an essential traveller and therefore will be in the state over Easter and able to deliver Easter eggs."
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