What happens if you get COVID-19 in Tasmania when the borders open?

In less than three weeks, Tasmania will reopen to the rest of Australia.

Prime Minister Peter Gutwein has released his government’s plan for how coronavirus cases will be handled after December 15.

Here’s a look at how it will work.

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The premiere says that people who are unvaccinated and are a close contact person in a positive case should be quarantined for two weeks.(ABC News)

Oh no, I’ve got coronavirus! What now?

People who test positive for coronavirus should isolate themselves for a minimum of 10 days.

They will be able to insulate at home if it is considered to be “suitable premises”.

Anyone living in the same household is considered a close contact and must also be quarantined, but the number of days will depend on factors such as vaccination status and length of exposure.

Isolation may be prolonged if symptoms persist.

How do I know if I am a random contact?

A casual contact is a person who has been in the same place as a person with coronavirus but has not had prolonged face-to-face contact with that person.

“An example of a casual contact might be a hospitality worker serving tables where there is a positive case. However, they did not have direct, face-to-face contact for a long period of time with the patron,” Mr Gutwein said.

“Another example could be a retail store employee serving a customer who was positive but had less than 15 minutes of contact with them, and a Perspex sneeze shield in place on the counter that provided separation, and the company took the necessary precautions under their COVID-secure plan. “

A random contact should not be quarantined, but should take a test between days three to five.

It may depend on whether the common space is indoors or outdoors, vaccination status and whether personal protective equipment (PPE) was worn.

If they can not physically distance themselves when on the go, they will have to wear a mask.

OK, so what if I’m a close contact?

A close contact is a person who has had prolonged exposure or face-to-face contact with a COVID-19 case, such as eating together at a restaurant or a roommate.

“This means that if you sat next to someone in the car for 15 minutes or more, sat at the same table in a restaurant or shared a small office while the positive case was contagious, including the 72 hours before the symptoms developed , you would be a close contact, “Mr Gutwein said.

Health workers are not considered close contacts because they wear PPE.

I’m vaccinated. Should I be quarantined if I am a close contact?

In short, yes. Persons who have been vaccinated and come into contact with a person with COVID-19 must be quarantined for one week.

They should also have three tests: one immediately after being identified as a close contact, another on day five or six and again on day 12 or 13.

They will be able to quarantine while awaiting a negative test after seven days.

Unvaccinated people living with a vaccinated close contact will also be asked to be quarantined for a week.

From day eight to 14, vaccinated close contacts must wear a mask if they are unable to physically distance themselves from the community or at work, and they must avoid non-essential activities, high-risk environments and vulnerable people, such as persons who are pregnant or elderly.

What if I am not vaccinated?

Masked nurse gives Pfizer vaccine to patient at COVID-19 clinic.
The prime minister says 26,000 Tasmanians are yet to receive their second dose.(ABC News: Maren Preuss)

You must be quarantined for 14 days and you must also have three tests within the same time frame.

Non-vaccinated persons living in the same home must also be quarantined for two weeks, while vaccinated persons must avoid high-risk settings and may be required to wear a face mask.

Sir. Gutwein urged Tasmanians to get the plug and said it was the best protection against COVID-19.

“We have 26,500 people to show up for their second dose, and we have two and a half weeks to do that,” he said.

“If you are waiting for another dose, make sure you get it before the 15th, when we will reopen our borders.”

Should my business close if a customer has COVID?

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The premiere says the closure of a business “would only be a last resort” if there is an outbreak. (AAP)

According to the plan, which was released on Friday, companies should be able to continue trading even if they are visited by a positive cause, as long as they clean and disinfect their premises.

Staff, customers and clients must follow isolation and quarantine guidelines.

It is still up to business owners whether to mandate vaccinations for their workforce.

Sir. Gutwein urged business owners to consult the WorkSafe website, saying the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Business Tasmania would provide additional support to businesses as needed over the next fourteen days.

He has urged companies to review their COVID security plan if it needs to be updated.

“Closing would only be a last resort if a broader outbreak were to occur in a business, and that is uncertain for staff and patrons.”

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