Tasmania quarantines Bris hotel arrivals

Ethan James
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Tasmania has quarantined 14 people who spent time at Brisbane's Hotel Grand Chancellor where the highly contagious UK COVID-19 strain spread.

The state's health department said on Thursday it had contacted all travellers in the state who undertook international quarantine at the hotel.

Ten of the 14 people are crew of a catamaran named Bucco Reef. They are now quarantining on the vessel.

"At this stage there is no information to indicate any of the people have posed a COVID-19 risk to the community," Deputy State Controller Scott Tilyard said on Thursday.

"They completed their 14-day quarantine period in Queensland as required and none were displaying any symptoms on their release from quarantine."

Mr Tilyard said the travellers will be monitored and tested.

Tasmania has ordered anyone who stayed at the hotel since December 30 to immediately isolate.

"All had returned negative tests at their time of departure from their quarantine in Queensland," Mr Tilyard said.

"At this stage we have not identified a COVID risk to the wider community as all appropriate measures were followed."

Tasmania has declared Greater Brisbane high-risk, meaning no one from the region is allowed in unless they have express permission as an essential worker.

Anyone who has arrived from the area since January 8 has been told to quarantine.

The state government will review the restrictions in coming days ahead of an expected update on Monday.