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Bubble burst: Tasmania's borders to stay shut

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Tasmania's hard border restrictions are to remain in place until at least August 31st.

Premier Peter Gutwein has announced the proposed travel bubble with South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory from this Friday will not go ahead as planned.

"It simply isn't the time to be opening our borders. Now is the time to ensure that we ultilise our best asset and that is our moat," he said in media briefing on Monday.

"The timing coincides with the end of our state of emergency, but obviously we will be reviewing that on a weekly basis."

It comes in the wake of a state of disaster being declared in Victoria where hundreds of new coronavirus cases are being recorded each day, forcing Premier Daniel Andrews to enact the strictest lockdown measures in the country.

South Australia has reintroduced some restrictions after recording 2 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, while NSW recorded 13. 

All non-essential arrivals here will still have to serve 14 days quarantine, either at a government hotel at their own expense or at their own addresss if they're a Tasmanian resident.

Victorians and others arriving from virus hotspots in NSW and Queensland are being turned back at the border.

Premier Gutwein also confirmed there will be no AFL played in Tasmania in August.