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Issue 517 - 18 March 2020

Important update on COVID-19 for the tourism & hospitality industry

This bulletin is designed to keep you informed on developments in what is a rapidly evolving environment as the Australian and Tasmanian governments look to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Tourism Tasmania is working with its state government partners, Tasmania’s major tourism and hospitality industry groups and the four regional tourism organisations to ensure you receive the available information in one bulletin.

A number of FAQs are included on Tourism Tasmania's corporate website here. They will be updated with information from this bulletin and previous bulletins daily. We are also bringing together all the different sources of assistance available to the tourism and hospitality industry into one place and will update you when that is live on our website.

Advice for accommodation providers with guests required to self-isolate 

As of Monday 16 March, all arrivals into Australia by air or sea, who have travelled internationally, are required to self-isolate for 14 days. This applies equally to Tasmanians returning from overseas, regardless of the country they are returning from.

If a traveller lands interstate, they can catch a connecting flight to Tasmania – but they can’t leave the airport between disembarking and catching their next flight. Travellers are responsible for organising their own accommodation. More information is available here.

New and specific advice has been developed for Tasmanian accommodation providers whose guests are required to self-isolate, available here

Announcements on indoor gatherings

The Prime Minister today announced that non-essential indoor gatherings of greater than 100 people (including staff) will no longer be permitted from Wednesday 18 March 2020. You can read more information here.

This information outlines what qualifies as a non-essential indoor gatherings and what does not. Non-essential indoor gatherings of fewer than 100 people (including staff) such as cinemas, theatres, restaurants/cafes, pubs, clubs, weddings and funerals should continue to apply social distancing and hygiene practises.

Information for employers

The Australian Government Department of Health has prepared an information sheet for employers. It’s also important that you stay up to date with the Tasmanian Department of Health website and the Australian Department of Health’s website.

You can also follow the Department of Health on Facebook for updates.

Hand-washing procedures
How to protect yourself against COVID-19
Information on social distancing
Self-assessment tool
Tasmanian hotlines

Tasmanian Government’s Support & Stimulus package

For more information on the full range of measures in the Tasmanian Government’s Support & Stimulus Package announced yesterday you can visit here.

Businesses wishing to seek further information can contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or visit www.business.tas.gov.au

Following yesterday’s announcement, the Government is progressing as quickly as possible to establish the mechanisms for businesses to apply for support, including details on eligibility and the application process. We’ll update you on this when those details are confirmed.

Support is available 

The current uncertainty and rapidly evolving situation is difficult for businesses, families and individuals alike. If you need support, see the following information on these helplines.

The Tasmanian Government is also providing an additional $1 million in grants to mental health organisations to support individuals experiencing mental health difficulties as a result of the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why have I received this email?

We are providing this important COVID-19 information in order to update the Tasmanian tourism and hospitality industry. You have received this email as you are either subscribed to Tourism Talk, registered on ATDW or part of the industry. If you no longer wish to receive these emails you can unsubscribe using the link below.
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