Media Release: Southern Tasmania to emerge from three-day lockdown

18 October 2021

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmanian Branch (ANMF) has stated its support for Southern Tasmania’s snap lockdown to end at 6pm tonight.

ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary Emily Shepherd said the lockdown was a sound strategy to limit any further possible transmission of COVID-19 in the Southern Region and has applauded the community’s response.

“Southern Tasmania has done a tremendous job staying at home and abiding by restrictions over the past three days. ANMF members on the frontline are thanking the community for heeding the rules to limit the risk of widespread social transmission, sickness, and possible deaths in the Tasmanian community.

“Our members are also thanking those who got tested, helping authorities to get on top of this,” Ms Shepherd said.

According to Public Health, 1463 Tasmanians were tested on Sunday – 275 were tested in Gagebrook, 458 were tested at Macquarie Point and 320 people were tested at the Derwent Entertainment Centre.

Ms Shepherd said restrictions for aged care and hospitals remaining in place until the end of next week is also a welcomed move.

“These cohorts are extremely vulnerable to any possible infection, and we need to take that extra precaution.”

The ANMF is urging the community to follow the mask wearing rules which are in place until Friday evening.

Media contact:
Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary
Mobile: 0400 884 021