COVID Update - Easing of Restrictions

Published on Monday, 15 February 2021 at 11:13:00 AM

Western Australia has returned to pre-lockdown COVID restrictions as of Sunday 14th February 2021. As a result the following restrictions have been removed:

  • Masks are no longer required either indoors or outdoors; and
  • There is no travel restrictions within WA, except for remote Aboriginal communities.

 

Please note however that the following restrictions will continue to apply:

  • Mandatory contact registration will continue at all Shire of Waroona facilities/venues/buildings;
  • WA’s controlled border and capacity restrictions which were in place prior to the five day lockdown will be in place;
  • Western Austalian’s should continue to practice physical distancing where possible and maintain personal hygiene at all times; and
  • If you are feeling unwell and are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and get tested ASAP.
  • Public or private events involving more than 500 patrons that require Local Government authority approval will need an approved COVID Event Plan as part of that process.

 

Changes to WA’s controlled interstate border

The WA Chief Health Officer has also given updated advice on the situation in NSW, with the last community case of COVID-19 recorded on January 15, NSW is due to reach 28 days of no community transmission today.

As a result, NSW will move from ‘low risk’ to ‘very low risk’ at 12.01am, on Tuesday, 16 February, pending no further outbreaks.

Under the ‘very low risk’ category, safe travel is permitted into WA subject to the following updated conditions:

  • completion of a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days;
  • all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test;
  • travellers to be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing also available); and
  • land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked.  

 

This will mean all other Australian jurisdictions will be classified in the ‘very low risk’ category, except Victoria.

Given the evolving situation in Victoria, the Chief Health Officer has recommended Victoria be reclassified as ‘medium risk’ for a short period, until the situation is controlled.

As a result, Victoria arrivals at Perth Airport today will be tested at the airport before going into their 14 days of self-quarantine. Beginning tonight Friday, 12 February 2021, from 6pm, the ‘medium risk’ category will come into force until at least 12.01am, Tuesday, 16 February, pending updated health advice.

 

The 72 hour hard border with Victoria means only exempt travellers are permitted. The exemption list is limited to:

  • certain senior Government officials;
  • certain active military personnel;
  • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;
  • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth;
  • a person responsible for transport freight or logistics; and
  • anyone who is given approval by State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.

 

The final category includes compassionate reasons - including those Western Australians that may have travelled to Victoria recently and need to return to WA.

These people will be assessed by WA Police and will be required to complete 14 days of self-quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and on day 11.

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