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"We will throw the book at you" - warning to COVID liars

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Premier Peter Gutwein provides a media update on Tasmania's COVID-19 situation (AAP Image/Rob Blakers)

The Premier is vowing to go after anyone not being honest with health authorities when trying to enter Tasmania, following two teenagers in Queensland breaching quarantine and refusing to come clean. 

Peter Gutwein says those flouting the rules face fines up to $16,800 or six months jail.

He's also announced additional hotspots in Queensland from where visitors will be turned around and sent home, adding to Victoria and parts of NSW.

A returned traveller from Victoria who tested positive for coronavirus 9 days ago while in hotel quarantine has been cleared, meaning there's now ZERO active cases in the Apple Isle once again.

It comes as the state government prepares to relax our border restrictions with South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory from August 7, although WA isn't reciprocating the offer.

In addition, South Australia has deemed any travellers who go via Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne will have to quarantine for 14 days, meaning the 3 direct flights per week between Hobart and Adelaide will have to be utilised.

Meanwhile, The Hospitality Association and others pressing for a total lifting of gathering rules in Tasmania because of months of being clear of community transfer of the virus won't get their way.

Director of Public Health Mark Veitch is making it clear, they'll be sticking around for quite a while.

"Those measures are going to be in place for many months. I don't foresee a major changes in those measures. Whether or not we ever opened our borders we would still need to have those in place because borders aren't an absolutely steadfast guarantee that we won't have a case introduced," he said.

Peter Gutwein pointed out if the two infected Brisbane women had come to Tasmania, without internal COVID-safe measures we would have widespread community transmission. 

Nearly 700 tests have been carried out in the past 24 hours. 

From today, visitors have to pay for their own hotel quarantine. 

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