- Perth and Peel lockdown to end as planned at 12.01am Tuesday, April 27
- Until 12.01am Saturday, May 1, strict interim restrictions will be in place to keep WA safe
- Masks to remain mandatory in indoor and outdoor public areas during this period
The Perth and Peel regions' three-day lockdown will end as planned at 12.01am midnight (April 27) based on the latest public health advice.
A post-lockdown transition will be in place for the Perth and Peel regions until 12.01am Saturday, May 1 to keep Western Australia safe.
Western Australians must continue to wear masks in public at indoor and outdoor areas, practise physical distance, where possible, and maintain good personal hygiene at all times.
The post-lockdown transitional measures for the Perth and Peel regions as of 12.01am Tuesday, April 27, include:
- everyone must continue to wear a mask in public, while at work and on public transport, unless exempt or for outdoor vigorous exercise;
- 20-person limit in all homes and private indoor and outdoor gatherings;
- four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit for cafés, restaurants, bars and pubs - for seated food and drink service only;
- four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit for beauty salons, hairdressers and barbers;
- public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums, swimming pools can open with the four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit in place;
- places of worship can open with four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit;
- no visitors to aged and disability facilities and hospitals, except for compassionate reasons and advocacy;
- weddings and funerals can proceed with up to 100 guests with an exemption and a COVID-Event plan in place;
- professional and community sports, including training, permitted but without spectators;
- intrastate Perth and Peel border removed, meaning people can travel with the exception of some remote Aboriginal communities, but anyone who has been in Perth since April 17 must wear a mask in public and while at work, unless exempt or for outdoor vigorous exercise;
- entertainment venues can open with the four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit in place;
- elective surgery can proceed for category 1 and urgent category 2 surgeries only; and
- fitness clubs, gyms, casinos and nightclubs will remain closed.
Under the post-lockdown transition measures, schools, childcare centres and TAFEs will be able to open from Tuesday, April 27, with the mandatory mask rule applying to all school staff and secondary students. Masks are not required for primary school students or for staff when they are teaching.
Universities can open for online learning only.
For more information on post-lockdown plans, visit https://www.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"I want to personally thank everyone for their co-operation over this long weekend.
"The lockdown was the circuit breaker that we needed to help crush and contain the virus, and keep the community safe.
"The past few days have been challenging, but as a result of our efforts from midnight tonight we can transition to post-lockdown measures.
"While lockdown will end at midnight tonight, people who have been in Perth and Peel since April 17 will need to comply with a number of restrictions until 12.01am Saturday (May 1).
"As always, we will continue to monitor the situation, and if we need to make any adjustments, we will.
"We have crushed the virus before and we will do it again - by everyone doing what is required to keep each other safe."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The threat of COVID-19 is not going away. There is no room for complacency, we must all do our part in keeping Western Australians safe.
"We understand the disruptions changes to elective surgery has, but we hope it is a temporary measure.
"The events of the last few days have reminded us all how important it is to use the SafeWA app or to fill in the contact register at businesses.
"We've maintained caution in this unpredictable COVID-19 journey.
"As we move into the next phase of restrictions, please continue to use the SafeWA app. It helps to keep everyone safe."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Health Minister's office - 6552 6500