The scourge of the Delta strain of coronavirus has led Premier Peter Gutwein to announce that Tasmania will go into a short and sharp lockdown if cases of COVID-19 appear in the community.
The government is releasing information to all Tasmanians about what would happen in the event that a case appeared in the community, and how they should best prepare themselves should a lockdown be announced.
Mr Gutwein said the state would go into an immediate lockdown of three to five days, depending on the circumstances and depending on the advice of Public Health.
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"Go in hard and come out quickly is our plan," Mr Gutwein said.
"I want to be absolutely clear about this. We are not in lockdown today, we are doing everything we possibly can to make sure we don't go into lockdown.
"The plan is to provide information so people can prepare themselves should we unfortunately need to do that."
Mr Gutwein said the two page plan included detailed restrictions on businesses, access to medical facilities, and rules about the wearing of face masks.
He reminded people not to panic buy, as supermarkets will remain open in the event of a lockdown.
"A lockdown will be very restrictive on people's movements for as short as time as possible. The virus moves with people, it is as simple as that. If we can reduce movement we can reduce the spread of the virus and our lockdown plan is based on that," Mr Gutwein said.
"Our target will be a lockdown for three to five days if necessary, in hard, but out quick. Whether it is applied to the whole state or a regional area will depend on the circumstances of the incursion and advice of public health at that time," he said.
"Our lockdown plan details restrictions on business, gatherings, home visits, access to aged care facilities, and hospitals, as well as face masks. There is a clear list of authorised work and businesses based on essential needs."
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