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Spirit of Tasmania sailing departing from both Melbourne and Devonport was canceled last night after a TT-Line contractor tested positive for COVID-19.
the main points:
- The Spirit of Tasmania’s overnight sailing was canceled in both directions after a contractor tested positive for COVID-19.
- In Davenport, 10 crew members are in quarantine after being identified as close contacts
- Public Health Tasmania says there is no danger to the 60 Melbourne-bound passengers who booked at the crossing last night.
Ten Spirit of Tasmania crew members have been confirmed to have been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19, resulting in the cancellation of overnight sailings through Bass Strait.
Tasmania’s deputy director of public health, Dr Julie Graham, said in a statement that crew members were exposed to an infectious case, a TT-Line contractor in Melbourne.
They have been quarantined in Devonport and tested for COVID-19.
The rest of the crew remained aboard the ship last night and will be tested today “out of great caution”.
Dr Graham said there was no danger to the 60 passengers booked on last night’s sailing from Devonport due to the COVID-19 safety measures put in place by TT-Line.
“Passengers were informed of the decision to postpone sailing and were given the option to stay on board the ship in their rooms overnight or to disembark safely from the ship,” she added.
She said that no cargo or private vehicles would be able to leave the ferry until this morning for safety reasons.
Last night’s sailing departed from Melbourne for Devonport but returned to port shortly after.
“Vic Health is currently managing the impact of this decision on passengers and crew members,” said Dr. Graham.
Test results for crew members are expected later today.
Tasmania’s borders remain closed to travelers who have spent time in Victoria, New South Wales or the ACT.
Returning Tasmanians and travelers from other states can ride the spirit of Tasmania if they cross through Victoria.
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