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Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to further protect WA7577Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsLockdown: Must be fully vaccinated to attend work during a lockdown or similar restrictions "Don't wait for the deadly Delta variant to enter before you consider getting the vaccine 307930html20/10/2021 5:02:55 AM2021-10-20T04:00:00Z Policy follows current mandates and sets framework for a majority of industries Phased approach prepares WA safely for expected community transmission Pathway also includes mandatory vaccination for occupations in a lockdown setting Industry roundtables to be held ahead of implementation phase Based on the latest health advice, the State Government has today outlined an overarching mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy with a phased approach to a majority of occupations and workforces within Western Australia. Mandates already in place include workers in industries considered the highest risk, including those interacting with people at an increased risk of being infected or vulnerable to COVID-19, or necessary to avoid catastrophic risk to the safety of the community. The policy strengthens current mandates and covers the next groups of industries to be mandated, as well as a requirement for other critical workers to be vaccinated to be permitted to work in the event of a lockdown or similar restrictions. The phased approach is proportionate and based on the public health risk. Group 1 First dose by December 1, 2021 and fully vaccinated by December 31, 2021 Industries determined to have high transmission risk, or are a vulnerability risk or are necessary or critical to the safety of the community; A number of these industries have been announced previously and are currently in the process of implementation. Group 2 First dose by December 31, 2021 and fully vaccinated by January 31, 2022 Industries and workforce deemed critical to ongoing delivery of business and the function of the community; Mandating requirement in place to ensure the continuity of key services and businesses in the event of expected community transmission. Lockdown Must be fully vaccinated to attend work during a lockdown or similar restrictions These critical workers must be fully vaccinated to leave home to attend work, to decrease transmission risk and prevent impact on the delivery of services. Groups 1 and 2 of industries represent approximately 60 per cent of Western Australia's workforce. With the addition of the lockdown group, approximately 75 per cent of the WA workforce is accounted for. Currently 73.6 per cent of WA's eligible population have received at least one dose, with 55.2 per cent fully vaccinated. WA's eligible population is 12 years and over. For more information on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, visit https//www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/covid-19-coronavirus-mandatory-covid-19-vaccination-summary Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for more than half of WA's workforce sets out a safe and clear framework for industries and workers, based on our expert health advice. "This phased approach is safe and proportionate to the risk of COVID-19 in our community. "WA needs to be prepared for community transmission - by mandating our essential and critical workforces we can maintain services, and businesses can continue to operate safely in the long term. "It's vital people can continue working should community transmission or a lockdown occur, so that delivery of critical services is not disrupted. "WA's vaccination rate continues to climb, but people should not wait until the eleventh hour. "We'll be undertaking close discussions with industries over the weeks ahead to ensure industries and workers understand the policy well ahead of the implementation phase. "The time is now. I want to make it abundantly clear that everyone who is eligible should get the COVID-19 vaccine now as we all need to be prepared for the event of community transmission or a lockdown. "Don't wait for the deadly Delta variant to enter before you consider getting the vaccine. Get the COVID-19 vaccine now." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Unvaccinated workers in settings in where exposure is likely can cause tremendous harm. "They are a risk to themselves, their colleagues and the community. "The danger from Delta is very real. "We simply cannot afford the hesitant or complacent infecting those workers who have already been vaccinated. "We don't want people getting COVID and we especially don't want anyone experiencing the brutal lingering effect of long COVID. "The message is clear - you need to act now. "Don't wait before it's too late. "What we have outlined today is clear, sensible and urgent. "Over the coming weeks a range of industry roundtables will be held ahead of the implementation." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Perth and Peel lockdown ends at midnight2708Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsA post-lockdown interim restriction period will be in place for the Perth and Peel regions ease as the Perth and Peel regions enter a transitional period for six days until Monday 142090html2/07/2021 8:53:43 AM2021-07-02T06:45:00Z Perth and Peel lockdown to end as planned at 12.01am Saturday, July 3 Safe and sensible pathway to return to pre-lockdown life Until 12.01am Tuesday, July 6, post-lockdown interim restrictions in place Masks mandatory when people leave their home All businesses can reopen with capacity limits Perth and Peel borders removed with conditions for travellers to other regions Pending the latest health advice, from 12.01am Tuesday, July 6, restrictions will further ease for a transitional period of six days, until 12.01am Monday morning, July 12 The Perth and Peel circuit breaker four-day lockdown will end as planned at 12.01am (July 3) based on the latest public health advice. A post-lockdown interim restriction period will be in place for the Perth and Peel regions until 12.01am Tuesday morning (July 6) to keep Western Australians safe. Pending the health advice at the time, restrictions will further ease for a transitional period until 12.01am Monday, July 12 ahead of a return to pre-lockdown life. This will allow for the completion of the full 14-day incubation period. Western Australians must continue to use SafeWA, practise physical distancing where possible and maintain good personal hygiene at all times. The post-lockdown interim measures for the Perth and Peel regions come into effect from 12.01am Saturday morning, July 3 until 12.01am Tuesday morning, July 6 (pending the latest health advice), and include Everyone must continue to wear masks in indoor and outdoor public places, while at work and on public transport, unless exempt or for outdoor vigorous exercise; People who can work from home or remotely, are encouraged to do so; Limit of 10 visitors to all homes; Limit of 20 people for private outdoor gatherings; Four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit for restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, casinos, nightclubs, entertainment venues and public venues - for seated food and drink service only; Four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit for beauty, nail and hair services; Public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums and swimming pools can open with the four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit in place but no group classes can take place; Fitness venues including gyms, Pilates, yoga, dance studios can open with 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; Weddings and funerals can proceed with up to 20 guests; Professional and outdoor community sports, including training, permitted but without spectators. Indoor community sport is not permitted; No visitors to residential aged care and/or disability facilities except for exceptional circumstances such as essential care, compassionate reasons, end of life and advocacy; No visitors to hospitals except for compassionate reasons, end of life, accompanying a child, supporting a partner giving birth; Non-urgent Category 2 and 3 elective surgeries have been postponed in metropolitan public hospitals until and including Friday, July 9. People are urged not to contact hospitals directly as they will be contacted to reschedule their appointments; 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 and Peel during the lockdown period (from Tuesday, June 29) is subject to the same mask wearing requirements and will not be allowed to visit hospitality, entertainment and recreation venues or other public gatherings. People are permitted to enter retail venues and other businesses for takeaway; People identified as casual contacts are not permitted to travel outside the Perth and Peel regions until 12.01am Monday, July 12 unless for essential or compassionate reasons; and Travel remains prohibited to remote Aboriginal communities. Pending the latest health advice, on Tuesday morning (July 6) restrictions will further ease as the Perth and Peel regions enter a transitional period for six days until Monday, July 12. This will allow for a safe and sensible return to pre-lockdown life. The following eased transitional restrictions are expected to take effect from Tuesday morning, July 6 until Monday, July 12 (pending the latest health advice) Masks are not required outside where physical distancing is possible; Masks are mandatory for indoor public venues, including in the workplace and on public transport. Exemptions apply including for medical reasons and primary school aged children or younger. People should use common sense and take a mask with them whenever they leave home; Anyone who has been in the Perth or Peel regions since Sunday, June 27 but has since travelled to another region must also wear a mask subject to the above conditions; 30-person limit in all homes for indoor private gatherings and 150-person limit for outdoor private gatherings; Two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit for restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, casinos, nightclubs, entertainment venues and public venues - for seated food and drink service only; Two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit for beauty, nail and hair services; Public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums and swimming pools can open with two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit; Indoor and outdoor community sport can resume with spectators; Fitness venues including gyms, Pilates, yoga, dance studios can open with two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit; Weddings and funerals permitted for up to 150 guests; Outdoor gatherings can take place with up to 150 people without a COVID event plan; Places of worship can open with two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit; Non-urgent Category 2 and 3 elective surgeries have been postponed in metropolitan public hospitals until and including Friday, July 9. People are urged not to contact hospitals directly as they will be contacted to reschedule their appointments; A patient in hospital, or a person in aged care or a disability facility can have four personal visitors per day. Masks mandatory for staff and visitors; and Major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena and HBF Park, can operate at 50 per cent capacity. For more information on post-lockdown plans, visit https//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The present situation around Australia is very concerning and distressing. "Fortunately for Western Australians, our circuit breaker four-day lockdown has worked. It's put us in the best possible position to crush this COVID-19 cluster from New South Wales. "Contact tracers, people working in testing and in pathology have been working around the clock to keep Western Australians safe and they have done a brilliant job. "To our contact tracers, first responders and all the Western Australians doing the right thing - thank you for your efforts to keep WA safe. "Our work doesn't stop here. As we enter into a post-lockdown interim period we must all continue to comply with the restrictions that will help us crush the virus. "We have a safe and sensible plan out of lockdown. We just need to stick to the course and do the right thing over the coming nine days to enable us to return to the freedoms of pre-lockdown life." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Everyone needs to be congratulated on how they have responded so far to this latest community outbreak. "We know lockdowns, wearing masks and business restrictions are far from easy. "But the alternative is something none of us want to experience if this highly contagious Delta strain did take hold in our community. "So we will continue to be cautious and ask for your patience. "Almost 600,000 Western Australians have now had at least one dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca. "We have seen an encouraging uptick in vaccination numbers this week on the back of the latest outbreak. "I cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone to get vaccinated when they become eligible. "Roll up for WA - for yourself, your loved ones and your community. "Let's keep that momentum going." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Perth and Peel to enter lockdown from midnight tonight2587Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsHon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA Perth and Peel to enter a minimum four-day lockdown from 12.01am Tuesday, June 29 Circuit breaker lockdown to stop movement and interaction around the 188670html28/06/2021 1:39:47 PM2021-06-28T13:30:00Z Perth and Peel to enter a minimum four-day lockdown from 12.01am Tuesday, June 29 Circuit breaker lockdown to stop movement and interaction around the community Immediate measures introduced based on health advice to limit any further spread Everyone urged to check-in using the SafeWA app or complete contact registers People in the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region will enter a minimum four-day lockdown from 12.01am Tuesday, June 29 to limit any potential spread of COVID-19. The immediate circuit breaker lockdown has been introduced on the best of public health advice due to a fast evolving situation in Western Australia following a third COVID-19 positive case. The first positive case 1022, already announced, is now confirmed to have the highly infectious Delta strain through genome sequencing linked directly to the Sydney outbreak. The second case 1023, linked to case 1022, has already been reported and announced today. The third case 1024, linked to case 1022, has been confirmed positive tonight. Exposure locations are being updated regularly so people are encouraged to check the information online at https//www.wa.gov.au People will be required to stay at home unless they need to work because it is not possible to work from home or remotely; purchase or provide essentials such as food, groceries, medicine and necessary supplies; attend medical or healthcare needs including a COVID-19 vaccination, and looking after the vulnerable; and exercise with a maximum of two adults from the same household (children under 18 years are not counted), limited to one hour per day within a five kilometre radius from home, and masks must be worn (except for vigorous exercise). The following restrictions apply for the lockdown period people can enter the Perth and Peel areas only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements; restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars to provide takeaway service only; casinos, nightclubs, entertainment venues and public venues to close; beauty, nail and hair services to close; retail permitted but only for essential health services and essential goods such as supermarkets, pharmacies, hardware, petrol and others; public venues such as swimming pools and recreation centres to close; fitness venues including gyms, Pilates, yoga, dance studios to close; places of worship to close; community sport is not permitted; private outdoor gatherings are not permitted and events and functions are not permitted; weddings are restricted to five people - for compassionate reasons only; funerals are restricted to 10 people; no visitors will be allowed in homes unless it is for essential services, critical maintenance, caregiving and compassionate reasons or in an emergency; no visitors to residential aged care and/or disability facilities except for exceptional circumstances such as essential care, compassionate reasons, end of life and advocacy; no visitors to hospitals except for compassionate reasons, end of life, accompanying a child, supporting a partner giving birth; category 2 and 3 elective surgeries will be postponed until Friday July 9. People are urged not to contact hospitals directly as they will be contacted to reschedule their appointments; travel outside the Perth and Peel region is not permitted unless you are exempt to obtain or provide essential goods or services, or other compassionate and medical reasons; and travel remains prohibited to remote Aboriginal communities. Schools, boarding schools and childcare centres in the Perth and Peel regions will remain open except for the three schools that have been directly impacted as they are a listed exposure site. Mask wearing rules apply. Universities, TAFEs and training colleges will be closed unless for critical activities. Unless exempt, people in Perth and Peel are required to wear masks outside of the home, at all indoor settings, on public transport, and outdoors at all times unless for vigorous exercise or you are travelling in your private vehicle with members of your household. Anyone who has travelled outside of the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region since Sunday, June 27, 2021 must continue to wear face masks in public. Anyone who has been to one of the potential exposure locations will need to get tested and quarantine as per the instructions they are given. If people are deemed a close contact by public health officials, they will be tested and required to self-quarantine for 14 days. People are encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms and if people have been to an exposure site, they must go and get tested. WA COVID clinic operating hours and private clinics will be extended as part of a testing surge. Testing locations and times can be viewed at http//www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics All these measures will be reviewed regularly and the Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor the serious situation and provide more ongoing advice. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "We now know we are dealing with the highly infectious and dangerous Delta strain, which is a new beast that has entered WA. "Escalating to an immediate lockdown will help us break the circuit and give contact tracers an opportunity to track and trace so we can get on top of this situation sooner. "I acknowledge lockdowns are frustrating but they are a necessary response to the threat we face. "I am asking everyone to please do the right thing here and follow the health advice and instructions we are putting in place. "The developments with the additional case is disappointing but we can take comfort in the fact we have acted quickly and always we have followed a careful and cautious approach which has worked. "Western Australia, you have done it before, you have listened to the health advice and come together to keep each other safe, and to keep our State strong. Now it's time to do it again." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The next few days will be crucial for Perth and the rest of the State. "Let's remember the basics that have kept us safe, as we enter into this lockdown. "Practise good personal hygiene and continue to wear masks. "If you are feeling at all unwell, or if you have been to an exposure site, quarantine and get tested. "If you leave your home, use the SafeWA app or check in using contact registers. "This is the key to solving the puzzle of finding the close and casual contacts on positive cases. "Our contact tracing team needs this crucial information so that they can act fast and efficiently. "We have been through this before together and we will get through it again together. "We will do it with respect, patience and an abundance of common sense." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500 ​
Perth and Peel to enter lockdown from 12.01am Saturday439Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementsface masks in public from 6pm and enter into a lockdown from 12.01am Saturday, April 24, to limit any 284230html23/04/2021 8:48:22 AM2021-04-23T08:45:00Z Face masks to be worn in public from 6pm today (Friday, April 23) Perth and Peel to enter three-day lockdown from 12.01am Saturday, April 24, until 12.01am, Tuesday, April 27 Western Australia has requested the international arrivals cap be halved to 512 for a month to stem the flow of travel and ease pressure on the hotel quarantine system Immediate measures introduced based on health advice to limit any potential spread Everyone urged to check-in using the SafeWA app or complete contact registersPeople in Perth metropolitan area and Peel region must wear face masks in public from 6pm and enter into a lockdown from 12.01am Saturday, April 24, to limit any potential spread of COVID-19. The new health measures have been introduced on the best of public health advice due to a fast evolving situation in Western Australia involving two COVID-19 positive cases. The first positive case is a Victorian man, who had previously returned a negative result and completed 14 days of quarantine in Perth's hotel quarantine system, after returning from overseas. The Victorian man had completed hotel quarantine at Mercure Hotel, and subsequently visited a number of locations before returning to Victoria. Details of the times and locations can be found here https//healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/Locations-visited-by-confirmed-cases.The Department of Health will continue to update the list of potential exposure locations and times. A close contact of his, a woman who lives in Perth, has also tested positive to COVID-19. These cases are linked to the Mercure Hotel intra-room transmission that was detected this week. From 6pm, Friday, April 23 face masks will be mandatory at all times when outside of your place of residence, unless you're in a car with people you live with or doing vigorous exercise. People are encouraged to begin wearing masks immediately, where possible. Children under 12 and those who are exempt are not required to wear masks. Anyone who has travelled outside of the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region since Saturday, April 17, must wear face masks in public from 6pm tonight. From 12.01am Saturday, April 24, until 12.01am Tuesday, April 27, a three-day lockdown will be introduced for the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region. People will be required to stay at home unless they need to work because they can't work from home or remotely; shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies; attend to medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable; and exercise with a maximum of four people, limited to one hour per day, and masks must be worn (except for vigorous exercise).The following restrictions apply for the lockdown period from 12.01am Saturday, April 24, until 12.01am Tuesday, April 27 People can enter the Perth and Peel areas only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements; Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars to provide takeaway service only; Casinos, nightclubs, entertainment venues and public venues to close; Community sport is not permitted, however professional sporting events, with only players and officials, will be permitted; Events and functions are not permitted, with the exception of weddings and funerals which have a limit of 100 patrons, not including staff, and masks must be worn; No visitors will be allowed in homes, unless caring for a vulnerable person or an emergency; No visitors to hospitals or residential aged care and/or disability facilities, except for exceptional circumstances such as compassionate reasons and advocacy; Travel remains prohibited to some remote Aboriginal communities.Western Australians are advised all public ANZAC Day services this weekend, including the traditional dawn service at Kings Park War Memorial, are cancelled. Western Australians are encouraged to pay tribute by taking part in their own 'home' ANZAC Day Dawn Service by standing at the end of their driveways, or on their balconies, in quiet contemplation on Sunday, April 25. Anyone who has been to one of the potential exposure locations will need to get tested and isolate until they return a negative test result. If people are deemed a close contact by public health officials, they will be tested and required to self-quarantine for 14 days. People are encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms and if people have been to an exposure site, they must go and get tested. WA COVID clinic operating hours will be extended as part of a testing surge. Testing locations and times can be viewed here http//www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics All these measures will be reviewed regularly and the Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor the serious situation and provide more ongoing advice. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australians have done so well to help keep each other safe throughout the pandemic. "In light of this developing situation, it is absolutely critical that we stay home, maintain physical distancing and personal hygiene and get tested if you develop symptoms or you've been to an exposure site. "This is a very serious situation. Each and every one of us has to do everything we personally can to help stop the spread in the community. "I know this three-day short lockdown is difficult but it is critically important to give our contact tracers and health teams the time they need to ensure community spread is limited. "Regrettably all planned public ANZAC Day services in Perth and Peel, including the Kings Park War Memorial dawn service, will no longer be able to go ahead this weekend. "I encourage everyone in Perth and Peel to take part in a driveway dawn service again this year. I will be doing that again. "I have also requested the Commonwealth halve our international arrivals cap for a month to help ease some pressure on our hotel quarantine system. "We've maintained caution in abundance the whole way along this unpredictable COVID-19 journey. We need to stay the course together. "Take care of your loved ones and be respectful of others including those who are working to keep essential services and supplies ticking over. "We will provide further updates as they come to hand." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "The Health Department's contact tracing team is pulling together a list of potential exposure sites to reflect where this positive case has been in recent days. "We are scaling up our contact tracing and COVID testing teams, and obtaining CCTV vision to piece together more details. "Now more than ever it is important that businesses ensure QR codes and contact register documents are clearly displayed and patrons must check-in using the SafeWA app or fill in the contact register. "The precautions we are taking are safe and sensible." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
WA’s strong COVID-19 position allows for more positive changes95552Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementsfrom New Zealand will be able to enter WA without having to quarantine, subject to strict Queensland went into a snap three-day lockdown following an outbreak, and while our border 38100html9/04/2021 4:55:38 AM2021-04-09T04:55:00Z Certain indoor and outdoor venues with fixed seating will increase to 100 per cent capacity Venue capacity changes effective from 12.01am on Saturday, April 10 Queensland set to transition to 'very low risk' at 12.01am, Monday, April 19 New Zealand joins WA's safe and sensible controlled border from 12.01am, Monday, April 19 as a 'very low risk' jurisdiction Western Australians are set to benefit from the latest suite of modifications to venue capacity and WA's controlled border arrangements, following the latest public health advice. Certain indoor and outdoor venues with fixed seating in Western Australia will be able to operate at 100 per cent capacity from 12.01am tomorrow (April 10). This will allow more people into venues to enjoy seated entertainment and sporting events, connect with members of their community, and further support local businesses and jobs. The following indoor and outdoor venues will be able to move to 100 per cent of the fixed seating capacity, and SafeWA and contact registers will continue as mandatory auditoriums and amphitheatres; theatres; concert halls; cinemas; comedy lounges; and performing arts centres. WA's major venues such as Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium - Main Arena, and HBF Park will be able to have 100 per cent of the fixed seating capacity in the spectator seating and special seating spaces. Places of worship will be able to have 100 per cent of capacity of a space being used for formal worship. Seated hospitality venues, including restaurants, cafés, food courts and bars that provide seated service only, will remain at 75 per cent capacity. This is based on the latest public health advice, due to their higher risk of increased mixing and face to face interactions. The two square metre rule will continue to apply to all other venues and facilities with a mixture of seating and standing, unfixed seating or standing alone. It is expected these arrangements will be in place for at least a month before being reviewed by WA's Chief Health Officer, and if the situation remains encouraging, the Chief Health Officer is set to make more recommendations on further easing of restrictions. The Chief Health Officer has also provided advice to the McGowan Government following the completion of a controlled border classification review. The review took into consideration analysis of outbreaks and periods of community transmission, as well as the successful use of border controls and requirement for people having to complete 14 days of self-quarantine from the day they leave a higher-risk location. New advice now changes the requirements to move a 'low risk' jurisdiction to a 'very low risk' jurisdiction from at least 28 days to at least 14 days of no community cases of COVID-19. Therefore, from 12.01am, Monday, April 19, pending no further outbreaks, WA's border arrangement is set to be safely adjusted and Queensland will transition to 'very low risk' and people will be able to enter WA without having to quarantine, subject to strict conditions. The McGowan Government today also announced plans to allow for safe and quarantine-free travel between Western Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand is set to join WA's safe and sensible controlled border as a 'very low risk' jurisdiction from 12.01am, Monday April 19, pending no further outbreaks. This means travellers from New Zealand will be able to enter WA without having to quarantine, subject to strict conditions. To prohibit border hopping from other countries outside of Australia and New Zealand, currently arrivals, outside of Australia, entering New Zealand must also complete 14 days of quarantine similar to arrangements in place for international arrivals into Australia. Travellers entering WA from 'very low risk' jurisdictions must complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration prior to travel on arrival at Perth Airport, complete a health screening scan your G2G PASS to exit the airport. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I want to thank all Western Australians for their efforts in keeping WA safe from COVID-19. "These changes represent significant benefit to many businesses and Western Australians, however there are still some restrictions that are needed based on health advice. "Our situation in WA is very encouraging and if it continues to track the way it is, it will demonstrate good reason for further changes - pending public health advice at the time. "Western Australia has been the envy of the country, if not the world, so it's crucial we all do our bit to keep it that way, to keep our community healthy and our economy thriving. "We all have a shared responsibility, it's as simple as using SafeWA to check in when we're out, staying home if we're unwell and getting tested if we have symptoms. "While these changes are very positive, Western Australians should not underestimate the virus and its ability to disrupt and destroy lives and livelihoods. "It was less than two weeks ago that Queensland went into a snap three-day lockdown following an outbreak, and while our border arrangements allow for safe travel it is also a fast and effective measure to stop the virus. "That is why I will not hesitate to bring back hard borders should we need to protect Western Australians from COVID-19." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "Western Australia has gone nearly a year without a case of community transmission, which is an amazing result. "We are now a year into the pandemic and the situation in Australia has improved significantly. "As a result, the Chief Health Officer has updated his advice relating to our controlled border arrangements and we'll likely be able to welcome Queenslander travellers back into WA quarantine-free very soon. "While these changes are welcomed and will be enjoyed by our community, it's also a timely reminder that we must continue to practise COVID-safe principles. "Whenever you're out and about, please remember to check-in at venues using the SafeWA app and remember to stay at home if unwell. "Western Australians have done a remarkable job to eliminate COVID-19 and I thank everyone for their efforts." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Western Australia enters five-day lockdown from 6pm tonight20077Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsA five-day lockdown will be introduced for the Perth metropolitan area, Peel and the the South-West during this period People can enter Perth, Peel or the South-West only to 947710html1/02/2021 4:53:24 AM2021-01-31T06:10:00Z Fast evolving situation with a hotel quarantine worker testing COVID-19 positive Five-day lock down starting 6pm today (Sunday, January 31, 2021) until 6pm on Friday, February 5 for Perth, Peel and the South-West Immediate measures introduced based on health advice to limit the spread Effective from 6pm tonight until 6pm Friday, February 5, 2021 the State Government has moved swiftly to introduce these measures based on the best of health advice due to a fast evolving situation in Western Australia with the positive COVID-19 case detected in a hotel quarantine worker. A five-day lockdown will be introduced for the Perth metropolitan area, Peel and the South-West regions to stop the spread of COVID-19. People will be required to stay at home unless they need to work because they can't work from home or remotely; shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies; medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable; and exercise with only one other person, limited to one hour per day in your neighbourhood and masks must be worn.Masks are to be worn at all times when outside of your place of residence, this includes at workplaces and on public transport. Schools will be closed for this week. Term 1, 2021 was due to start from February 1 but that will be postponed by one week. The following restrictions apply for the lockdown period People should not leave Perth, Peel or the South-West during this period People can enter Perth, Peel or the South-West only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements; Non-residents currently in Perth, Peel and the South-West are required to remain until the end of the restriction period however if you must leave for serious reasons; you are to then return home immediately, stay home and tested if symptoms develop; Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars to provide takeaway service only; Elective surgery and procedures for categories 2 and 3 will be suspended from Tuesday, February 2. Category 1 and urgent category 2 surgery will continue; No visitors will be allowed in homes, unless caring for a vulnerable person or an emergency; No visitors to hospitals or residential aged care and/or disability facilities, unless there are exceptional circumstances; No weddings will be permitted; Funerals are limited to 10 people; and Travel remains prohibited within remote Aboriginal communities. The following facilities within the Perth metropolitan, Peel and South-West regions will need to close Schools, universities, TAFES and education facilities; Pubs, bars and clubs unless offering takeaway service; Gyms and indoor sporting venues; Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor recreational facilities; Cinemas, entertainment venues, and casinos; Beauty therapy services, parlour or salon including hairdressers, barbershop, nail salon, tattoo parlour, spa or massage parlour; Large religious gatherings and places of worship; and Libraries and cultural institutions.People are encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms and if people have been to an exposure site, they must go and get tested. WA COVID clinic operating hours will be extended as part of a testing surge. Testing locations and times can be viewed here https//www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics All these measures will be reviewed regularly and the CHO will continue to monitor the serious situation and provide more ongoing advice. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "Western Australians have done so well for so long but this week it is absolutely crucial that we stay home, maintain physical distancing and personal hygiene and get tested. "This is a very serious situation and each and every one of us has to do everything we personally can to help stop the spread in the community. "We've done everything we can to crush the virus but this deadly virus has a mind of its own and we need to stop it in its tracks. "Throughout this pandemic the community has done everything we have asked of them and they have great made sacrifices, and it has kept our State safe. "I could not be more proud and thankful of the way Western Australians have carried themselves and now we're asking for your help once again." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "We have acted decisively and swiftly given these circumstances. "I want to thank everyone in advance for their patience. Expect disruption and delays. This is a highly unpredictable virus. "But it is important to act calmly and take sensible precautions. "We've maintained caution in abundance the whole way along this unpredictable COVID-19 journey. We need to stay the course together. "Take care of your loved ones and be respectful of others including those who are working to keep essential services and supplies ticking over." LIST OF EXPOSURE SITES The WA Health contact tracing team is still working with this positive case and a list of exposure sites will be updated on the http//www.wa.gov.au and https//healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/Locations-visited-by-confirmed-cases Location Type Date of concern Time of concern Coles, Caledonian Ave and Guildford Rd, Maylands Supermarket 25/01/2021 2000 – 2200 KFC, 209 Guildford Road Maylands Hospitality 27/01/2021 1800 – 0000 Mitsubishi Motors 161 Great Eastern Highway, Midland Car dealership 27/01/2021 1900 - close Spudshed, Coventry Village, 243-253 Walter Rd W, Morley Supermarket 27/01/2021 2000 – 2400 ECU, 270 Joondalup Drive Building 31 University 28/01/2021 1100 – 1400 Halal Grocery Store 8/224 Belmont Ave, Cloverdale Supermarket 28/01/2021 1900 – 2100 Venus Ladies and Gentleman Hair Design Maylands Park 238 Guildford Rd Maylands Hairdressers 29/01/2021 1300 - 1500 Perth Convention Centre Conference Centre 29/01/2021 1600 - 1800 Nedlands Family Practice GP surgery 29/01/2021 1700 - 1800 Chemist Warehouse North Perth Pharmacy 29/01/2021 1730 - 1930 7-Eleven Ascot Petrol Station 29/01/2021 2000 - 2100 Coles, Caledonian Ave and Guildford Rd, Maylands WA 6051 Supermarket 29/01/2021 2000 – 2100 Puma Service Station, 265 Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood Service Station 30/01/2021 1100 – 1200 Coles Express/Shell Service Station, Wright St &, Belmont Ave, Cloverdale Service Station 30/01/2021 1200 – 1300 Pharmacy 777, Maylands Park Shopping Centre 3, 238 Guildford Rd, Maylands Pharmacy 30/01/2021 1430 – 1600 In addition to these site, people who live or work in the Falkirk Avenue Maylands shopping centre precinct should present for a test. For a list of COVID testing sites visit https//www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Health-based cautious transition to WA’s controlled interstate border11399Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media Statementscases in 28 days - will be permitted to enter WA and comply with conditions, including rolling average - will be permitted to enter WA and comply with similar conditions as 82580html30/10/2020 6:05:17 AM2020-10-30T06:05:00Z Latest public health advice recommends transition from hard border to controlled border Updated Chief Health Officer advice establishes a nationwide health-based threshold Trigger point for new controlled interstate border is a 14-day rolling average of less than five community cases per day in each State and Territory Tentative date set as 1201am on Saturday November 14, pending latest health advice Travel from 'very low risk' States and Territories permitted, with conditions on arrival Travel from 'low risk' States and Territories also permitted, with the similar conditions on arrival, in addition to 14 days of self-quarantine and a day 11 COVID-19 test Western Australians and all businesses urged to embrace COVID-safe principles Modified two square metre rule and remote Aboriginal community restrictions to remain Western Australia is set to transition to a safe and sensible controlled interstate border regime, based on the latest public health advice from the WA Chief Health Officer. Under WA's new controlled border, the existing hard border exemption system will be removed and replaced with an updated nationwide health-based threshold that allows for safe travel into Western Australia from interstate with conditions, and subject to trigger points being met. Pending latest health advice, effective from 1201am on Saturday November 14, Western Australia will enact the new controlled interstate border under the Emergency Management Act. The State Government will closely monitor the situation over east and if a delay is necessary, based on the latest public health advice, then that will occur. The Chief Health Officer has recommended a 14-day rolling average of less than five community cases per day in each State and Territory (currently being met in each jurisdiction) be required before progressing to the new border controls. At this point, travellers from all States and Territories that are 'very low risk' - no community cases in 28 days - will be permitted to enter WA and comply with conditions, including all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test on arrival being prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals) complete 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 travellers to receive a SMS health check reminder one week into their stay in WA land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked. These jurisdictions currently include Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory. All travellers from States and Territories that are deemed 'low risk' - less than five community cases per day on a 14-day rolling average - will be permitted to enter WA and comply with similar conditions as 'very low risk' jurisdictions, however they will also be required to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals) self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable approved premise present for a COVID-19 test on day 11. These jurisdictions currently include New South Wales and Victoria. Failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals. Based on the public health advice, New South Wales and Victoria remain as a low risk jurisdiction, however when they reach 28 days of no community cases or are deemed 'very low risk' by the Chief Health Officer, they will move into that category of border control measures. The Chief Health Officer will continue to closely monitor community transmission in other States and Territories into the future, and will advise the WA Government if any changes to our borders are required to keep Western Australians protected. The modified two square metre rule (with exemptions) and remote Aboriginal community restrictions will remain in place for the time being, with all Western Australians strongly encouraged to embrace COVID-safe principles. Effective from tomorrow (1201am, Saturday October 31) exempt New Zealand travellers arriving via other Australian cities, as per the new controlled border regime, will be directed to self-quarantine for 14 days at a suitable premise and be required to present for a COVID-19 test on day 11 of their arrival in WA. In addition, due to the success of suppressing the virus in Victoria, the list of exemptions for travel into WA will be expanded to mirror all other Australian jurisdictions under WA's current hard border regime. This will come into effect from tomorrow (1201am, Saturday October 31) and run until the new controlled border is in place. For more information on WA's controlled border and other COVID-19 topics, visit wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "I cannot thank Western Australians enough for the sacrifices made to keep our State safe and strong throughout this global pandemic, but COVID-19 is still a real threat to our way of life. "Due to everyone's efforts, WA's response to COVID-19 has been world-leading and we continue to lead the nation's recovery. "All through this pandemic we have been guided by our health advice, and it has served us well as we have embarked on our own unique recovery, best suited to Western Australia. "Based on the health advice, we are now at the next step of our journey to safely and sensibly transition from our hard border to a new controlled interstate border. "For more than seven months Western Australia has been isolated from the rest of the country, as we protected our community from COVID-19 and emerged from our own restrictions safely, inside our island within an island. "We are following the public health advice and taking safe, steady and sensible steps to cautiously replace our hard border with a new controlled border. "It is a reminder to everyone though, to not get complacent and take unnecessary risks, we all need to act responsibly and follow the health advice. "That is why we are strongly encouraging all local businesses and venues to update and maintain their COVID Safety Plans and embrace COVID-safe principles. "We will be consulting with industry and organisations over coming days to ensure appropriate mechanisms and contact registers are ready to be rolled out if necessary. "The virus has not been defeated around the world, therefore we must work together to prevent a serious outbreak and not jeopardise the hard work of each and every Western Australian. "We also must take a cautious approach to our international border and not rush to opening to other countries, this is something I continue to raise with the Commonwealth Government." Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook "This is yet another significant day for all Western Australians. "We have been very fortunate to have expert leadership across so many areas to ensure WA has been the safest place in the world for many, many months. "That has not happened by chance. It is a credit to every Western Australian who have played their part. "Now we are asking everyone to help us on the next stage of this unpredictable journey. "Any decision regarding COVID-19 always comes with risk. "The Chief Health Officer, whose advice has always been impeccable, has laid out a path forward for Western Australia and the rest of the country. "As always, the Government will review his advice and act on it in the best interests and safety of all Western Australians. "Western Australians are rightly known for our relaxed approach to life. "But it is more important than ever that we don't get too relaxed. We have to be vigilant and expect outbreaks of COVID-19. "We've seen recently in Victoria, and more recently in the lockdowns in France and Germany, just how quickly this virus can devastate a community. "We all need to take personal responsibility so that we can continue to succeed together. "We have to get back to basics - wash your hands, practise good hygiene and observe physical distancing. "If you are unwell, do not go to work or school. "Do not hesitate if you need to get a COVID test. "Please keep it simple to keep us all safe." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
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Western Suburbs26964Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsPerth and Peel lockdown ends at midnight Perth and Peel to enter lockdown from midnight tonight Perth and Peel post-lockdown transition starts midnight tonight 47800html20/03/2017 3:19:28 AMMedia StatementsFor Region Western Suburbs ​