North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) along with North West Private Hospital (NWPH) will close and relocate its patients. In addition to this, all non-essential businesses will shut their doors following the government mandate.
Over 1,000 people—4,000 including their families—in the northwest region of Tasmania (TAS) will be sectioned off from the rest of the nation for two weeks.
At the press conference, Gutwein said the drastic measures were taken because over one-third of the island's total cases have been clustered at the two northwestern hospitals where 35 out of the 49 infection cases are health care workers.
Eight health care workers, one patient, and two close contacts of people who previously tested positive are among the latest confirmed cases.
State Health Commander Kathryn Morgan-Wicks said the decision to temporarily close the North West Regional Hospital was not taken lightly.
Impact on BusinessesTo flatten the curve of the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus, stay-at-home orders will be beefed up with non-essential businesses being given instructions to close by midnight on April 12.
The affected regions include Latrobe, Kentish, Devonport, Central Coast, Burnie, Waratah-Wynyard, Circular Head, and West Coast. These are the toughest restrictions in the country so far.
Retail businesses that offer delivery services may continue to operate delivery services.
The statement released by Gutwein said, "We are in the fight of our life against the coronavirus and I again urge everyone to join the battle by staying home, to save lives."