Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has announced that the border between Tasmania and Victoria will reopen on November 27, a couple days earlier than its planned roll back of December 1. The change is thanks to Victoria recording its 13th consecutive day without new Covid-19 cases.
There will also be a partial easing of restrictions from Friday November 13 for people travelling into Tasmania from Victoria. They will be able to quarantine at home or a "designated residence" instead of a government-run hotel. People without an appropriate place of residence will still need to go into hotel quarantine.
All the changes are dependent on Victoria's coronavirus cases remaining low.
"Victoria's our closest neighbour and home to so many of our friends and family … it's been very hard on many people, I understand, not being able to see them," Gutwein says. "Today I want to recognise the efforts of all Victorians to bring their situation with COVID-19 under control. It's a truly outstanding effort."
Find more details about Australia's border rules here.