Tasmania to reopen border with Victoria

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Tasmania will reopen to Victoria from Saturday and allow hundreds of arrivals from the mainland state out of quarantine.

From 12.01am, Victoria will be considered a low-risk area, Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein announced.

"People will be able to travel back and forth without needing to quarantine, except people who have been at high-risk premises," he told reporters on Friday.

About 30 sites in Victoria are considered high-risk - people who have been to those sites are not allowed to visit Tasmania unless they are an essential traveller.

Tasmania closed its border to Victoria a week ago in response to a coronavirus cluster at Melbourne Airport's Holiday Inn which Mr Gutwein said was now "in check".

People who have recently arrived from Victoria will be allowed out of quarantine from 12.01am on Saturday.

Mr Gutwein said people must wait until they're contacted by health authorities before leaving quarantine.

About 800 people were quarantining at home and 100 in government-run hotels, Mr Gutwein said.

Tasmania's COVID-19 vaccination roll-out begins in Hobart on Tuesday, with 14,000 of the state's priority population slated to receive the jab by mid-April.

Border and quarantine staff, vaccination teams, and emergency department and intensive care workers are among the first groups.

Health Minister Sarah Courtney said she expects a "really high take-up rate".

Vaccinations will be available in the state's north and northwest from mid-March.