Tasmania authorities to monitor hikers and park visitors

 Monday, May 11, 2020 


Park authorities in Tasmania have decided to closely monitor hikers in Tasmania’s national parks. Hikers will be closely observed in order to make sure that stringent social distancing rules to stop the spread of coronavirus disease are being followed and mass gathering is being avoided.

On Monday, Tasmania reopened its natural attractions but residents are only permitted to exercise in parks within 30 kilometers of their home. The state government has mentioned that while there will no let-up of strict enforcement and policing of social restrictions, parks would be strictly monitored.

Travelling outside of work, school or for compassionate care, exercise and daily supplies, as well as all non-essential trips, remain restricted as of now. Campsites and visitor centres will also remain shut. Restrictions on aged care visits and the number of mourners in funerals will also be eased. Mobile virus testing buses have also been introduced. These buses will head to regional towns over coming weeks as the state plans a careful path out of COVID-19 restrictions.

Clinics are likely to open in Bothwell, Scottsdale and Geeveston, south of Hobart in the forthcoming weekend. More areas will also be targeted further. According to health authorities, a three-stage plan will be established to step out of restrictions. The plan is to begin early next week, depending on public health advice.

Health Minister Sarah Courtney said in a recent press statement that increased testing would be one of the key pillars of the recovery phase. She has also warned that even though some people might be of the opinion that restrictions are being eased as the threat has gone away, in reality, it continues to be in force and demands maintaining safety measures from the public. Any individual in the state with cold symptoms has also been urged to contact the public health hotline with immediate effect.

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