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Liberals must act on AMA’s call

  • Labor backs AMA’s call to use vacant hotel rooms for quarantine
  • Procurement of vacant hotels and accommodation achievable and necessary
  • Liberals must listen to expert advice and move quickly

The Liberals must act on the Australian Medical Association’s call for the State Government to provide quarantine isolation to all patients in Tasmania who are infectious with COVID-19 but do not require hospitalisation. 

Labor Leader, Rebecca White, said Labor has been calling for the Government to procure vacant hotels to accommodate those required to be in quarantine and that action was now needed urgently.

“Procuring vacant hotels and other accommodation providers to provide a safe and secure place for individuals who need to quarantine but have no ability to do so in their own home is both achievable and necessary,” Ms White said.

“Our hospitals are already at capacity and more is urgently needed to ensure Tasmania’s health system can cope in response to the threat of COVID-19.

“Tasmania’s hospitality sector has been hard hit with the cancellation of large events and non-essential travel, and hotel vacancy rates are high.

“This measure will help ease the strain on our hospitals, protect families and the community from exposure to COVID-19 and serve as a much-needed economic stimulus for the hospitality industry.

“The Government must also ensure that the hospitality sector is provided with the resources it needs to provide this service safely, especially PPE and training for staff.

“We must work together and move quickly to ensure Tasmania’s economy has the best possible chance of recovering from the effects of COVID-19 and we urge the Liberals to act on the advice from Labor and the AMA today.”

Rebecca White MP
Labor Leader