The border with Tasmania reopens Wednesday after 22 months.
Tasmania reopens in mainland Australia.
Tasmania is bracing for an influx of tourists and inevitable cases of COVID-19 as it reopens to mainland states and territories.
The island state opens its borders to all fully vaccinated travelers from Wednesday after closures spanning almost two years.
“It has been a very difficult 22 months. We have made some really difficult decisions,” Tasmanian Prime Minister Peter Gutwein told reporters on Tuesday.
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“We had to keep people out to attend a funeral, to bury a loved one. We stopped weddings.”
As part of the reopening plan, people coming from designated high-risk areas must return a negative test within 72 hours of arrival and present proof at the border.
Tasmania, with a population of over 541,000, has recorded a total of 238 cases and 13 deaths.
Restrictions are easing in NSW for the unvaccinated as COVID cases increase.
The NSW government has kept its promise to significantly ease COVID-19 restrictions in NSW, despite a sharp rise in the number of cases amid high spread events.
Starting Wednesday, for the first time in three months, the same set of rules will apply to vaccinated and unvaccinated people in NSW.
Use of QR code registrations will be reduced and masks will only be required in certain high risk environments.
There is no limit for visitors to homes, venues, or the number of outdoor public gatherings.
The unvaccinated, who have remained in virtual lockdown since restrictions on those vaccinated were eased in October, may return to hospitality settings and non-essential retail outlets.