Tasmania will ease a blanket restriction on visits to aged care homes from Monday, bringing the state in line with the mainland.
The state government banned all visits to aged care homes in early April, except for compassionate reasons or end-of-life care.
Tasmania has now achieved three days in a row with zero cases, but Premier Peter Gutwein said “it is not over yet” and urged Tasmanians to stay home and continue to follow the rules.
“[As] we increase our testing, we will find more positive cases,” Gutwein said.
Still, the state’s aged care restrictions will be lifted in a week’s time to mirror the mainland.
“That transition will be one that will allow for additional visits, but they will be managed and importantly will enable aged care to bring itself online with the additional funding that it has been provided by the Commonwealth government to ensure that appropriate screening and appropriate management of the facilities occur.”
When asked by a reporter if the lifting of restrictions might be moved forward to Sunday to allow for Mother’s Day visits, Gutwein said he would own the decision to keep the status quo for the full week.
“I think the best Mother’s Day present that anybody could provide their mother is to keep them safe,” he said.
On Friday, Gutwein expects to unveil a road map out of restrictions, but he said the state wouldn’t mirror what other parts of Australia have done.
“Tasmania will continue to march to the beat of its own drum on this,” he said. “We have an older and more vulnerable population.”
Additional strict restrictions in the state’s northwest were lifted on Monday.Do you have an idea for a story?
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