Tasmanians are expected to know tomorrow when the state's borders will re-open.
Premier Peter Gutwein will attend a meeting of National Cabinet and then is likely to front the media.
Infrastructure Minister Michael Ferguson was tight-lipped on the likelihood of borders re-opening any time soon.
"These are very difficult and challenging decisions for our Premier to be making with his public health experts," Mr Ferguson said.
"Unfortunately as much as we'd like our borders to open, there's a simple reality here that we also need to protect the very strong position that our state finds itself in."We're about supporting our businesses and gradually increasing freedoms for Tasmanians."
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There have been no new cases of coronavirus in Tasmania for the past 40 days.
Greens leader Cassy O'Connor said Tasmania should open its borders when public health experts say it is safe to do so and when transmission interstate was under control.
"At the moment, what we're seeing in Victoria is terrifying - 33 cases, overnight - with businesses brought to their knees because they're going to have to go through more restrictions," she said.
"So we don't want that to happen here in Tasmania and we do need to be guided by the advice of public health not the Tasmanian Hospitality Association, or the Tourism Industry Council, but public health experts."
Ms O'Connor said while a number of states had no new cases the Victorian situation showed the situation could change overnight.
"If we are going to open up airline routes, it needs to be done very, very carefully and under the right circumstances when our public health experts tell us it's the right thing to do."
Labor leader Rebecca White said businesses needed certainty so they could take bookings and advertising to welcome visitors and she hoped borders would re-open with states who had managed the outbreak.
"No-one's advocating for the borders with Victoria to re-open given the circumstances there but there are states who've managed the outbreak well, South Australia and Western Australia have done an exemplary job just like Tasmania have,"Ms White said.
She said 17 per cent of Tasmanians worked in the tourism sector and many were unemployed or working fewer hours.
"It's important those workers can see hope in the future for them to return to the workforce and for businesses reliant on the visitor economy to re-open again," Ms White said.
"We should be thinking about a staged approach to opening our borders, that would be prudent and sensible."
Tourism Industry Council chief executive Luke Martin said the outbreak in Victoria posed a big challenge for Tasmania.
"That has thrown a spanner in the works but I hope the Premier announces a pathway forward," Mr Martin said.
"I'm not sure whether under the Constitution you can open borders to some states and not others but any visitors is better than no visitors.
"At some stage we just have to manage the risk of the virus and people coming here."
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