The Tasmanian Government has declared a State of Emergency, By slowing the spread of COVID-19 we can protect all Tasmanians, including our rural and regional communities.
Some types of businesses, such as restaurants, have had specific restrictions placed on their operations to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Your business does not have to be declared ‘essential’ in order to operate, unless your business or industry has specific restrictions placed on its operations, like restaurants. You can continue to operate, and are encouraged to do so, as far as is practical in the current conditions.
Up-to-date information on current restrictions on businesses is available on the State Government’s Coronavirus website under business and employees
Agriculture and food as an essential service
The Government has announced that agriculture, and other services that are essential to the agricultural supply chain, are essential services. This includes:
- food production and supply
- fibre production and supply
- inputs for crop protection, fertiliser, seed, and associated supply
- wool auctions
- diesel mechanics
- feed and hay producers
- freight services
- specialist industry workers
Strict physical distancing and good hygiene practices must be implemented.
Essential Traveller exemptions to travel restrictions
The Tasmanian Government’s coronavirus website details the border restrictions
that apply to people coming to Tasmania. The restrictions have the potential to impact businesses, including agricultural businesses reliant on specialist skills from interstate.
who meet strict criteria may be granted an exemption from the 14 day quarantine requirement but must still comply with listed quarantine conditions directed by the Director of Public Health under section 16 of the Public Health Act 1997
There are eight Essential Traveller categories
under which a person may request an exemption. The two categories most relevant to agriculture include:
- transport, freight and logistics
- specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses
There is no guarantee that an application for an exemption will be approved. Applications should therefore include all pertinent information and be lodged as early as possible before the person is scheduled to arrive in Tasmania.
Help with applications
Please call the FarmPoint Helpline on 1300 292 292 if you require assistance in filling out or lodging the Essential Traveller Status Application Form.
The Helpline operates between 9:00 am and 4.45 pm, Monday to Friday.
For calls after hours, or for other COVID-19 information, please contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738, or visit www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au
for the latest information you need about travelling to Tasmania.
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