Helicopters in Tasmania Virus Crackdown

People in Tasmania who flout stay-at-home rules over the Easter holidays can expect to face the full force of the law, Premier Peter Gutwein says.

He delivered the blunt message on April 9 amid an outbreak of COVID-19 across two hospitals in the states northwest.

“To be frank, today the gloves come off. We are going to police this. The period of education is over,” Gutwein said.

“If you go to a shack and you dont have a reasonable excuse to be there, you will be asked to leave. If you dont, you will be summoned and charged.

“Do not be surprised if you face the full front of the law over this weekend.”

Helicopters will take to the skies to make sure people arent travelling unnecessarily, Gutwein said.

Fines of up to $16,800 or six months jail apply for those who break the law.

An increased police presence will patrol the northwest, where 23 virus cases have been linked to the North West Regional Hospital or North West Private Hospital in Burnie.

Fifteen healthcare staff across the two hospitals have tested positive, along with a handful of patients.

About 60 staff from the two facilities have been stood down to mitigate the outbreak.

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