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Tasmania to delay reopening its borders

Tasmania will delay the planned reopening of its borders to travellers from other states amid the deteriorating situation in Victoria.

The island state was set to reopen in two weeks’ time on July 24.

This will now be delayed for at least a week and potentially longer, Premier Peter Gutwein confirmed today.

Tasmania had planned to reopen its borders on July 24, but the premier says numbers of COVID-19 cases on mainland Australia are now too high. (Getty)

Mr Gutwein said cases were still too high on the mainland and an update regarding a potential reopening date would be provided on July 24.

“It’s important we use these next couple of weeks to gain a full understanding of what the outbreak in Victoria means for the rest of the country,” Mr Gutwein said.

“We’re in the fortunate position in Tasmania of having one of the safest places in the country.”

“We need to ensure we maintain that position as we move forward and only open up when we’re confident that the safety of Tasmanians both whilst travelling, and also when they return to Tasmania in terms of local communities and local families, that they aren’t put at risk.”

The border restrictions for Victorians in particular were unlikely to change “for some weeks”.

Source: 9News

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