Tas to lift close contact isolation rule

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Close contacts of coronavirus cases in Tasmania will no longer have to isolate for seven days but must still follow other requirements.

The state is dropping the rule from 12.01am on Monday, following similar decisions by mainland jurisdictions in recent times.

"Close contacts will still be required to follow a series of measures. Anyone who experiences COVID-19 symptoms will still be required to isolate and get tested immediately," Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff said on Wednesday.

Close contacts must take a daily rapid antigen test, wear a face mask when outside home and in indoor spaces, the premier said.

They must also advise their workplace of their close contact status and avoid high-risk premises, such as aged care facilities and hospitals.

"Close contacts will also be required to work from home where possible and avoid large gatherings," he said.

Check-in requirements at hospitality venues and events will also disappear from Monday, but businesses can implement their own sign-in measures.

Tasmania's active cases peaked at more than 13,000 in early April but have since dropped to 6544.

One new death was recorded on Wednesday, as well as 1213 new cases, while 40 people with the virus are in hospital.

Peak state business bodies have lobbied publicly in recent weeks for a relaxation of isolation rules.

"I'm aware of public commentary ... but Tasmania has always been pretty much in lock-step with public health advice, unlike other states," Mr Rockliff said.

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Michael Bailey said the changes reflected the views of major industries.

" ... COVID-19 has led to extraordinary restrictions on individuals and businesses and ... these restrictions have impacted on many businesses by reducing potential revenue and increasing costs,," he said.

State Public Health Director Mark Veitch said although case numbers have been trending down, a small uptick could occur after the rules are relaxed.

He flagged more changes to coronavirus-related requirements in coming weeks.

NSW, Victoria and the ACT have already ditched the seven-day isolation requirement and Queensland is following suit at 6pm on Thursday.

South Australia will from Saturday drop the need to isolate unless showing symptoms, while other states and territories have also announced rules will be wound back.

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