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Mask mandate in Tas as new cases arise

Masks will be mandatory at indoor venues across Tasmania after the state recorded three new cases of Covid-19.

The move comes as the nation grapples with a surge in new infections, with many confirmed as the highly-contagious Omicron variant.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has announced a mask mandate for indoor settings will kick in from midnight Monday.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has announced a mask mandate for indoor settings will kick in from midnight Monday.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein announced on Sunday that masks would be mandatory in all indoor settings – including offices, restaurants, gyms, supermarkets and retail centres – from midnight Monday.

Masks will also need to be worn on public transport and in rideshare vehicles.

“We’ve done this before – a lot of Tasmanians are already doing it at the moment,” Mr Gutwein said.

Empty streets across Hobart after the city and southern Tasmania were placed into a snap three-day lockdown in October.

Empty streets across Hobart after the city and southern Tasmania were placed into a snap three-day lockdown in October.

He said people could remove their masks in gyms while taking part in strenuous exercise, including running.

“Just use your common sense as we go forward,” he said.

Of the new cases announced on Sunday, Mr Gutwein said one was a family member of a previous case who was in quarantine while another was a national traveller who went into isolation upon entering the state.

The third arrived in Launceston on Friday and had been active in the community over the past three days.

Earlier this week, Tasmania opened its borders to fully-vaccinated travellers.

More than 90 per cent of its population age over 16 is fully vaccinated.

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