Travellers in Tasmania's quarantine hotels are being told they cannot take exercise or smoke breaks, much to the disgust of a Victorian man who says he is being denied a basic human right.
Father of three Steve Hallett is in hotel quarantine in a room with no balcony and a fixed window and received a letter under his door from the government's Emergency Operations Centre informing him that he can no longer leave his room.
The government said an increasing number of travellers entering hotel quarantine is putting pressure on its system, and outside breaks will be restricted over "the coming days". It said it is in negotiations to activate an extra hotel for domestic quarantine use.
Mr Hallett, who was on a business trip to Tasmania when he caught a flight with the NSW positive case, said he had sought legal advice about his deprivation of liberty.
"I can't believe that in this day and age people can be denied the opportunity for fresh air," Mr Hallett said.
"We were having fresh air options every couple of hours, whenever you wanted, for ten minutes, then I was advised by a letter that this was being denied now because there is more people coming into quarantine.
"I strongly believe the Tasmania Government is limiting my right to humane treatment while depriving my liberty."
A government spokesman said travellers are currently being quarantined on a separate floor of a hotel normally reserved for seasonal workers.
More than 100 seasonal workers have recently arrived in Tasmania, which led to the need to restrict outside breaks.
"Additional risk mitigation strategies have been implemented on the advice of public health to ensure the health and safety of everyone at this hotel, unfortunately this includes the temporary cessation of exercise and smoking breaks," they said.
"Support is being provided to guests to limit their inconvenience including access to nicotine patches and mental health and physical health supports."