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Seasonal workers in quarantine

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A major test of Tasmania's coronavirus measures is underway with 150 foreign fruit pickers commencing a two-week stay in hotel quarantine in Hobart.

150 Timor Leste nationals flew in on Wednesday night under the Federal Government's seasonal worker program and will assist in the upcoming berry harvest.

The workers had to test negative to Covid-19 to get on the plane and there was further health screening on their arrival in Hobart last night.

They won't be allowed to join the local workforce - expected to number more than 6000 - until they've returned another negative test result in quarantine.

The Liberal government has stated that they have prioritised local workers, doubling the usual 3,000 local workforce. 

Tasmanians are being assured by the government that every safety measure in in place to ensure there is no spread of Covid-19.

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