At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Premier Peter Gutwein declared Tasmania was a fortress.
As the virus raged out of control in many states, and outbreaks were spreading like wildlife, Tasmania used its island status to full advantage.
The borders were closed, and travellers were required to gain exemption and were forced into quarantine.
While initially hailed, the approach was soon criticised by Mr Gutwein's peers in other states, and from Prime Minister Scott Morrison himself.
However, on Wednesday a significant milestone in Tasmania's border puzzle was reached, after it was announced the borders would open to Victoria early than the initial December 1 deadline. On November 27, Victorians can enter Tasmania, which will be a relief for many people who've had family members or friends stuck on the other side of the invisible border. It means, too, that travel can occur the other way - it's often considered a rite of passage for young people to explore Victoria. Tasmanians also spent time travelling to our across-the-Strait neighbour, for shopping, theatre and sport.
However, with increased movement comes caution. Victoria has done well to break free of the hold COVID-19 had on the state, and to control the fierce second wave.
But, with more people moving in and out of Tasmania, we will likely see COVID cases pop up again.
Complacency can't be tolerated because it risks the freedoms that have been hard-fought and won. No one wants to see another lockdown occur.
While Tasmania is not at the stage where face masks are required or mandatory, it is essential to take advantage of the tools in your arsenal - social distancing and handwashing. There are many benefits from having the borders reopened to all states - from reunited families and the return of interstate tourists. All of this is incredibly important to Tasmania's economy and will be required for our financial recovery.
Everyone needs to play their part to ensure it's not a case of one step forwards and three steps back.