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The Tasmanian government will suspend cruise ship arrivals until the end of June after one last boat Sunday afternoon. Premier Peter Gutwein said the ban will be reviewed in June. “While the risk to the public of coronavirus remains low, we want to take all precautionary action to manage the situation proactively, and keep people […]

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The Tasmanian government will suspend cruise ship arrivals until the end of June after one last boat Sunday afternoon.

Premier Peter Gutwein said the ban will be reviewed in June. “While the risk to the public of coronavirus remains low, we want to take all precautionary action to manage the situation proactively, and keep people safe,” he said.

The federal government has also suspended cruise ship arrivals disembarcations for thirty days.

He described that last permitted boat as “a small domestic cruise vessel, carrying 43 mainly domestic passengers which home ports at Hobart during the cruise ship season, and has been in Tasmanian waters since 31 December.” The vessel will make a final call to Hobart Port on Sunday to refuel and re-provision; no passengers will disembark and it will depart later today.

He said the ban decision was not taken lightly, and had been done in consultation with senior members of the State Emergency Management Committee, Tasports and the tourism industry.

“While I know this places challenges on our tourism industry and visitor economy, I strongly believe we must act to make the decisions that best protect Tasmanians and help to manage COVID-19 risks to our state,” said the Premier.

There are 12 scheduled cruise ship visits during the announced ban period: five to Hobart, five to Burnie and two to Port Arthur. The cruise industry has been notified of the decision to suspend these port stops. “While this is a difficult decision, Tasmania looks forward to welcoming our cruise visitors back to our state as soon as it is the right time to do so.”

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Both Labor and the Greens supported the moves. “The Greens commend the Premier for banning cruise ship arrivals in Tasmanian ports,” said Franklin MHA Rosalie Woodruff. “This is the kind of decision-making required to keep people safe. We need to put the health of people who would become severely ill first, and reduce the impact on our already stretched hospital system.”

Labor called for action from the Government, coupled with clear communication to the public about how to support one another and avoid illness. “Consideration should be given to greater screening of passengers at our airports and the Spirits of Tasmania including, at the very least, taking temperatures and recording the details of people who arrive.”

BREAKING: All people arriving in Australia must spend 14 days in self-isolation, effective midnight tonight. The measure has just been announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/03/cruise-ships-suspended/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cruise-ships-suspended

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