Tasmania reopening plan due in October

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Tasmania expects to reveal its reopening plan in mid-October and will also publicly release coronavirus modelling on which it is based.

Premier Peter Gutwein wants the state to be 90 per cent fully vaccinated by December so the island can open with confidence for summer and Christmas.

He announced on Friday the state government had commissioned modelling from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

"That modelling will be released along with our opening plan, which we expect will be available in the middle of this coming month of October," he said.

"Importantly, releasing that modelling will provide Tasmanians with an opportunity to consider the reopening plan but also be fully cognisant of what the risks are going to be and how we intend to manage them.

"(But) we won't open up to the high-risk areas until we are confident that all eligible Tasmanians over the age of 12 have had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

"I said last week it's a race, and it is a race."

More than 54 per cent of Tasmanians aged over 16 are fully vaccinated and 73 per cent have had their first dose.

The state is closed to New Zealand, NSW, Victoria, the ACT, while there are high-risk premises declarations in all other Australian jurisdictions bar the Northern Territory.

A home quarantine trial for residents returning from regional NSW who have been fully vaccinated begins on Friday.

The pilot, to run for 30 days, requires people to return a negative COVID-19 test before travelling and live alone in a suitable house while quarantining.

Mr Gutwein said 117 Tasmanians were on a waiting list to return home but he was "not sure what the appetite was going to be" for the trial.

Tasmania has recorded one coronavirus case this year, a NSW traveller who tested positive while in hotel quarantine.

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