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A decision to open Tasmania to interstate travellers on July 24 has been deferred at least another week.

Those arriving from other jurisdictions will still need to quarantine for 14 days, Premier Peter Gutwein told a press conferenece this afternoon. 

"It's important as we step through this carefully, cautiously and responsibilty, that we use these next couple of weeks to gain a full understanding of what the outbreak in Victoria means for the rest of the country," the Premier said. 

The advice was given by Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch, who's been closely monitoring the dramatic coronavirus spike in Melbourne - where 288 cases were recorded statewide on Friday.

A new announcement on our borders is expected be made on the 24th.

Tourism Industry Council CEO Luke Martin says he understands the decision, but is hoping the green light can be given in August.

"Tasmanians are doing what they can to get out and explore the State, and this is appreciated deeply by tourism and hospitality operators in all corners of the State," he said.

"But the reality is our local market is finite, and our economic future as a State hangs on interstate visitor activity resuming as soon as it is safe to do so."

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