Tasmania firm on Bris, Syd restrictions

Ethan James
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Tasmania is holding firm with border restrictions for Greater Brisbane and Greater Sydney amid new coronavirus cases in both capitals.

Premier Peter Gutwein said Greater Brisbane will remain subject to a high-risk declaration, with the situation to be reviewed in coming days ahead of an update on Monday.

"Don't come to Tasmania, that's effectively what a high-risk classification is," he said on Wednesday.

"Given the circumstances around the UK strain ... we are going to leave our settings in place as they currently stand."

No one is allowed to enter Tasmania from Greater Brisbane unless they have special permission as an essential traveller.

The Queensland government on Wednesday announced it was shutting a Brisbane quarantine hotel after six people staying there contracted the deadly UK strain of coronavirus.

Anyone in Tasmania who has spent time at the Grand Chancellor Hotel dating back to December 30 must immediately self-isolate and get a test.

"It appears Queensland is working very hard to get on top of this," Mr Gutwein said.

"This UK strain is something we've not faced before."

Tasmania has forced all arrivals from Greater Brisbane since January 8 to quarantine.

Tasmania will maintain a medium risk declaration for Greater Sydney, meaning all arrivals have to quarantine for two weeks.