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Tasmania opened to Victoria for the first time since March

MONA to reopen for the first time in eight months
Photo: Tasmania welcomes Vics, MONA to reopen
Tasmania has dropped COVID-19 border restrictions with Victoria for the first time since March.

Tasmania has opened to Victoria for the first time in eight months, with hundreds of people from the mainland state set to arrive on day one.

Eleven flights from the mainland state are scheduled to touch down on Friday after border restrictions were lifted at 12.01am.

"This is a significant milestone," Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said.

"We say to our Victorian visitors 'Welcome back' and to Tasmanians living in Victoria 'Welcome home'."

Hobart's big-ticket attraction, the Museum of Old and New Art, has announced it will fully reopen on Boxing Day after shutting its doors in March.
Its galleries have undergone a revamp, while a seven-metre-high bronze sculpture with long limbs that doubles as a playground is among new installations.

"We are, of course, aware that we are reopening just before our tenth anniversary," MONA owner and founder David Walsh said.

"We've dug out some old stuff to commemorate our opening."

The gallery will be ticketed for the first time to ensure numbers are capped.

About 400 staff who were stood down will return to work.

Tasmania, which has gone more than 100 days without a virus case, shut its borders to mainland Australian in March but is now open to all jurisdictions bar South Australia due to a cluster in Adelaide.

An update from public health officials is expected in coming days.

Tasmania will receive the first of three repatriation flights bringing stranded Australians home from overseas on December 6.

The charter flight from India will land in Hobart and all arrivals will have to quarantine for two weeks in police-run hotel facilities.

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