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Returned Tassie traveller from Vic dodges quarantine


A construction worker at Hobart's Derwent Entertainment Centre who skipped home quarantine having been in Victoria, has escaped with just a caution.

His Tas e-Travel application stated he had simply transitted through the COVID "high-risk" state, when in fact he had spent the weekend in regional Victoria before heading to Tullamarine Airport. 

Admitting that would have landed him a formal instruction to isolate for 14 days at home in Tasmania, but instead he was granted clearence to return to work.

Deputy State Controller Scott Tilyard says he attended his workplace on Tuesday and Wednesday but on Wednesday was instructed by others to return home.

"Public Health authorities have assessed the risk he has posed to the Tasmaninan community as very low," a statement said. 

He's currently awaiting a COVID-19 test result but Mr Tilyard says he hadn't reported any symptoms since returning to Tasmania and has had limited movements.

"We are satisfied on the information he has provided that he spent his time in regional Victoria and only transited through greater Melbourne from and to the airport."

"While no breach of quarantine requirements is acceptable, Public Health authorities rate the risk of him having come into contact with COVID-19 as low given his movements were limited to regional areas where there have been no recent cases or exposure sites."

The person has now in home quarantine for 14 days, backdated to Monday.

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