Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

    Intrastate travel ban comes into effect from 11.59pm tonight

    31/03/2020 3:30 PM
     
    • Intrastate travel restrictions come into effect from 11.59pm tonight (Tuesday)
    • From this time, all intrastate travel must cease and Western Australians must stay within their regional boundaries
    • Exemptions apply for reasons including travel for work, delivery of freight, and to attend medical appointments
    • WA freight and construction industries to continue to provide services in metropolitan and regional areas

    Western Australians are being urged to familiarise themselves with new intrastate travel restrictions that come into effect from 11.59pm tonight (Tuesday).

     

    From 11.59pm tonight, Western Australians will not be permitted to travel outside of their regional boundary. This is an important measure that will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

     

    Western Australians that are currently outside of their region and are able to return, should do so immediately.

     

    Some exemptions apply, including travel for work purposes; to attend medical appointments; to transport freight; those who do not have access to groceries or supplies within their region; returning to a place of residence; where necessary to attend school or an educational institution; caring for family members; and approved compassionate grounds.

     

    For clarity, the construction and freight industries, in particular, will continue to operate despite these new measures.

    Check points and mobile police patrols will be in place to monitor travel across boundaries and ensure people are doing the right thing.

     

    People are encouraged, where possible, to assist police by preparing documentation, such as a letter/email/SMS from an employer, to support their legitimate travel.

     

    The State Government urges all Western Australians to remain calm, and take the time to ensure they understand the new restrictions, and the exemptions.

     

    Additional information will be posted to www.wa.gov.au soon.

     

    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

     

    "The message to Western Australians is clear - do not travel within WA. From 11.59pm, all non-essential intrastate travel must cease.

     

    "Anyone planning to travel outside of their region for non-essential purposes must stay home, and we urge anyone that is currently outside of their region to return home immediately.

     

    "We understand these measures may be inconvenient, but they are vital to ensure we continue to protect their fellow Western Australians and stop the spread of COVID-19.

     

    "There are exemptions that will allow people to continue to travel for work, to deliver freight, attend medical appointments and compassionate grounds.

     

    "Whilst tradesmen and workers within industry, in particular the construction industry, are exempt from the new intrastate travel restrictions, they must remain vigilant with social distancing practices and hygiene on site.

     

    "I thank all Western Australians for their co-operation on this important matter."

     

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