Tasmania will not accelerate the easing of coronavirus restrictions, Peter Premier Gutwein has confirmed.
This follows South Australia's announcement it would be bringing forward the relaxing of some restrictions.
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"Unlike other states, I am not going to change our pathway based on political expediency," Mr Gutwein said.
"While some may want me to walk away from the plan I'm certain the vast majority of Tasmanians do not want me to expose more Tasmanians to the risk of this virus."
Mr Gutwein said restrictions would be reviewed next week as planned and the state would continue to follow the advice of Public Health.
"If we continue to see the stable situation that we have in Tasmania, we will look at easing some of the restrictions hopefully ahead of the June long weekend but this will depend on all of us continuing to follow the plan," he said.
"If this were a football match - we're now in the last quarter.
"We've got the breeze at our back but it ain't over until it's over."
Mr Gutwein also reiterated the state's border restrictions would not be re-evaluated until July.
"In July we will make a decision as to whether or not the border restrictions come off sooner or later," he said.
"It's quite obvious the Federal government has a view on this but at the end of the day my job is to protect the best interests of Tasmanians."
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Public Health director Mark Veitch said because Tasmania was only one week into the first stage of easing restrictions, it had not yet been long enough to grasp what the impact of this step had been.
"We need at least several more weeks to be confident that we are not seeing evidence that suggests we could have the risk of an outbreak, for example," Dr Veitch said.
"It's a big ask of you to wait further to do things that you value, and undertake activities that are important both personally and economically, but please understand Public Health is aware of that and we are using both our understanding of that and our understanding of Public Health risks to provide advice to government about what action to take over the coming weeks and months."
Greens health spokeswoman Rosalie Woodruff said Tasmania would need to continue with the recommended restrictions until Public Health was confident there was the testing, contact tracing and health services in place to instantly and effectively respond to an outbreak.
"Viruses don't work to human calendars, and it is naive and harmful to want to pluck a date from the air that is not grounded in the reality of Tasmania's COVID-19 epidemic," Dr Woodruff said.
But Labor leader Rebecca White said a date for reopening the state's borders should be set earlier than July.
"With consideration of Public Health advice, the Premier needs to set a date soon for when borders will reopen so that businesses have certainty for when they can start taking bookings again," Ms White said.
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When asked what the advice was for people wanting to hug their relatives, Dr Veitch said people needed to use their common sense.
"The directions we have put out have provided a framework to keep Tasmanians safe but they are kind of blunt. We need to be humane and use common sense," Dr Veitch said.
"Public Health has never wanted to be a hugging policeman.
"If someone is healthy and they see a healthy relative they haven't seen for along time, they may well hug them."
Mr Gutwein also encouraged people to use their common sense in regards to this.
"I haven't seen my mother since early February. I've spoken to her on a number of occasions and I would dearly love to visit," he said.
"But she is old - actually she won't like me saying that - she is by virtue of her age in the high-risk group and so I would be very, very careful.
"I've stood at this podium on too many occasions and provided my condolences on behalf of the government to those people who have lost their lives. People need to be sensible, they need to be responsible and they need to use common sense."
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