Tasmania has declared a state of emergency and has revealed that all non-essential travellers arriving will be forced to quarantine for two weeks from midnight Friday 20th March – even if they are from the mainland due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“We are going to introduce the toughest border measures in the country,” Premier Peter Gutwein said in a press conference on Thursday morning.

“This is a tough, but necessary decision to flatten the curve, putting Tasmanians’ health and well-being first.”

It will not apply to essential travellers such as health care workers, emergency workers, defence personnel, air and ship crew, specialists and freight personnel.

The restrictions don’t apply to residents on islands such as King and Flinders who are flying into mainland Tasmania.

“They will apply to anyone travelling inbound to the island from mainland Australia including residents returning home to the island,” he warned.

Travellers will be screened on arrival to determine whether they meet the essential traveller criteria.

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People who don’t follow the rules could be fined $16,800.

Tasmania’s state total of coronavirus cases is 10, however there is no evidence of person-to-person transmission.