The 162 seasonal workers who left Tonga for Australia on Monday are spending 14 days in quarantine in a hotel before they are released to work on farms in Tasmania. And although Tonga is one of the few remaining Covid-free countries, Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said Tongan workers would have all returned a negative CoViD test before journeying to Tasmania.
The workers will be based on a number of farms run by Costa. Costa regional manager Cameron Folder said the Tongan seasonal workers would supplement the more than 200 locals recently recruited to work on the company's farms. The farms produce a variety of fruit including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.