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Keeping Tasmanians safe

Mark Shelton, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government’s number one priority is to keep our state safe and secure from the threat of coronavirus.

We have implemented the toughest border controls in the country, and have sent a very clear message that Tasmanians should, wherever possible, stay home, to save lives.

I am pleased to report that the vast majority of Tasmanians have responded very well to the emergency rules and are doing the right things to protect their wellbeing, the wellbeing of their families, and that of the broader community.

To them I say thank you.

Regrettably, there are continuing reports of non-compliance, and however minor, they pose risk to the strong protections we’ve put in place for our state.

I can assure Tasmanians, that every non-compliance is followed up by Tasmania Police, working with partner agencies including Biosecurity Tasmania, Public Health, and the State Emergency Service, the Tasmanian Fire Service and the Australian Defence Force.

All Tasmanians have a responsibility to adhere to the stringent two-person public gathering rule and important social distancing rules, as well as practicing high standards of hygiene, such as hand washing.

As the Premier has said repeatedly, this is not a drill, and when it comes to stopping the spread of this deadly virus, the stakes are high.

Businesses or individuals caught doing the wrong thing should expect that the full force of the law will be brought to bear. Police are conducting checks of businesses and in public places across the State, including malls, shopping centres and beaches.  Any person not certain of the rules should visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au for the latest fact sheets.

Under the Emergency Management Act 2006, there is a penalty of up to 100 penalty units ($16,800) or imprisonment of up to six months, for failing to comply with a lawful requirement or direction of an emergency management worker.

Any person with evidence of breaches should report them to Public Health.  There is now an online tool that can be used by visiting www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au, or people can call 1800 671 738.