Tasmania's coronavirus restrictions remain in place and Health Minister Sarah Courtney says it's not the time to buy a new pair of shoes just because you feel like it.
After two days of zero new cases, Tasmania has 221 confirmed cases with 158 people recovered and 13 deaths so far.
Ms Courtney acknowledged the past 48 hours were encouraging with zero new cases, but said Tasmanians could not be complacent in their approach to social distancing and restrictions.
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"My message is very clear for all Tasmanians whether you're in Hobart, Burnie [or] in Scottsdale, stay at home unless you need to go out for essential reasons," she said.
"Now is not the time to go out and do a bit of retail shopping just to buy a pair of shoes because you feel like it.
"These shops are open for essential reasons and so if you need to go and they're important for your household to function, then that's okay."
The additional restrictions placed on the state's North-West will ease tomorrow to bring the region in line with the rest of the state's restrictions.
The essential reasons for leaving your primary place of residence are listed as:
- Attending school or work,
- Grocery shopping
- Exercising whilst social distancing with a maximum of one other person (unless in the same household)
- Visiting a doctor or pharmacist
She reiterated Tasmanians could not attend a friends place for a barbecue or have a picnic in the park with their friends and said police continued to monitor restrictions.
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"It is really important that we remain vigilant, we need to be very cautious with this disease," she said.
"We know in other jurisdictions, we know in other countries we have seen second waves which have had devastating consequences."
Ms Courtney said restrictions would remain in place until at least mid-May.
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