Coronavirus (Covid-19)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Updated 8 January 2021

Border Movement Update

Queensland

Following the WA Chief Health Officer’s latest health advice, Queensland will transition from a ‘very low risk’ State to a ‘medium risk’ State under WA’s controlled interstate border regime, from 12.01 Saturday, 9 January 2021.

Anyone who has arrived into WA from Friday, 8 January 2021 from Queensland will be tested on arrival at the airport and will be required to self-quarantine immediately for 14 days, and be tested again on Day 11.

Effective immediately, anyone who has arrived from Queensland since January 2 or was in Queensland from January 2 and has since arrived in WA will be required to do the following:

  • self-quarantine in a suitable premise until you have spent 14 days in WA;
  • present for an initial COVID-19 test by Tuesday, 12 January;
    present for a COVID-19 test if any symptoms develop during quarantine;
  • present for a COVID-19 test on day 11 after arrival in WA (if still in WA).
  • Anyone who has arrived from Queensland since January 2 will be contacted by WA Police with these instructions, as a result of the G2G Pass declaration system in place in WA.

For anyone who has come into contact with someone who recently arrived from Queensland, they do not need to self-quarantine and only need to be tested for COVID-19 if symptoms develop.

Travel from Queensland will no longer be permitted, unless you are an exempt traveller. This also applies to anyone who may have been in Queensland since January 2 and has not completed 14 days in a lower risk State or Territory. 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 Queensland 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.

Victoria

Based on the latest health advice and the evolving situation, Victoria will now transition from a ‘very low risk’ State to a ‘medium risk’ State under our controlled interstate border, effective from 12.01am Friday, January 1, 2021.

Travel from Victoria will no longer be permitted, unless you are an exempt traveller. This also applies to anyone who may have been in Victoria since December 21 and hasn’t completed 14 days in a lower risk State or Territory. 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 on a case-by-case basis 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. 

Effective immediately, anyone who has arrived from Victoria since December 21 or was in Victoria from December 21 and has since arrived in WA will be required to do the following:

  • self-quarantine in a suitable premise until you have spent 14 days in WA;
  • present for a COVID-19 test as soon as any symptoms develop;
  • present for a COVID-19 test on Day 11 after arrival in WA;

Anyone who has arrived from Victoria since December 21 will be contacted by WA Police with these instructions, as a result of the G2G Pass declaration system in place in WA.

Exempt travellers arriving after 12:01am January 1 2021 will also be required to undertake a COVID-19 test at the airport, as well as on Day 11.

These are initial steps the WA Government is taking to protect all Western Australians, and this arrangement will be reviewed regularly. 

The WA Government understands these changes will cause frustration for many people, but these steps are being taken on the best health advice to protect everyone. All arrivals are thanked for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Western Australians must continue to keep up physical distancing where possible and maintain good personal hygiene to better protect themselves and the general health of our community.

WA businesses will be expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented.

COVID Safety plans help mitigate the risk of COVID-19, are in line with health advice and provide extra confidence to patrons and staff entering the business premises.

Contact Registers

From Saturday, 5 December, particular WA businesses and venues will be required to maintain a mandatory contact register for staff and patrons.

The reintroduction of contact registers is an additional protection measure and will assist with WA Department of Health contact tracing, should it be required.

Businesses or venues required to keep a contact register, include:

  • Food and licenced venues (restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs)
  • Gyms, indoor sporting centres and pools
  • Places of worship and funeral parlours
  • Beauty and personal care services including hairdressers and barbers
  • Galleries and museums
  • Cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues
  • Auction houses and real estate inspections
  • Community facilities, libraries and halls
  • Zoos and amusement parks
  • Function centres
  • Accommodation facilities that already have check-in arrangements in place (i.e. hostels, hotels, large camp grounds)

Designated businesses and venues will be required to collect the date, name, telephone number and arrival time of all patrons, staff, visitors and contractors that attend the premises, other than to collect takeaway.

The contact register records must be kept for 28 days, and not used for any other purpose.

Details required are location, date, name, telephone number and arrival time. Email addresses are optional.

Businesses have the option to use the SafeWA app to scan a QR code, but it is permissible to use a written contact register, which is what we will use. The forms will be provided at the museum. The contact details must be retained for 28 days from the time of museum visit.

The Merredin Shire Environmental Health Officer will monitor compliance. Failure to comply could result in a heavy penalty.

If you want to read more about this State Government requirement, see https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-safewa

To assist businesses and venues, the WA Government has developed the free, SafeWA app, an online contact register system that uses QR Codes for patrons and staff to scan to register their attendance.

SafeWA can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play from today. This will allow businesses and venues, which choose to use the SafeWA app, time to implement it for Saturday, 5 December 2020.

The app is being provided as a free, easy, contactless solution, however the use of Safe WA is not mandatory.

How do I apply for an exemption?

G2G Pass Logo

If you meet the above exemption criteria, the quickest and simplest way to apply for an exemption is via the G2G PASS online form. Please submit your application at least 3 days prior to travel. By applying online, you can track your application status and will receive an email with the outcome of your application.

Alternatively, you can submit a paper-based entry into designated biosecurity areas form with supporting documentation.

For more information visit: G2G Pass for Travel Exemptions frequently asked questions.

For information on an exemption, email [email protected]

The COVID hotline — 13 COVID (13 26843) — is available for members of the public to ask a range of COVID-19 related questions.

The WA Government’s Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions continue to apply.

Breaches of these directions could attract a fine of up to $50,000.

For Further information on restrictions visit WA Government website

Health Information

Information and guidance is available from the World Health Organisation.

The Australian Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health are the leading agencies for information about COVID-19 in WA.

You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

The WA Government website is also a good source of information.

Shire of Merredin

Continues to be guided by the Federal Government and Department of Health WA (DoH) in relation to appropriate responses relating to the COVID-19/Coronavirus issue.

The Shire regrets any disappointment or inconvenience, but its highest priority is the health and wellbeing of the community and visitors to the Shire.

As a matter of priority, our staff are working with community service providers that operate within the Shire to ensure support is available for vulnerable members of the community at this time, particularly the aged and those that live alone.

In line with advice from the State Department of Communities, the Shire will be acting as a conduit for information and assist where appropriate.

Signage has been installed at various Shire facilities to remind members of the public not to enter if they have recently returned from overseas, are felling unwell, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

The Shire is working to ensure the safety of our community members and staff and has advised employees not to attend work if they have cold or flu symptoms, or fit any of the self-isolation criteria outlined by the DoH.

The Federal Government advises that social distancing measures are best introduced at the earliest stages of community transmission and the Shire encourages all residents to exercise personal responsibility for these precautionary measures.

To assist our small team of staff, responsible for ensuring many essential services to our community, we also strongly encourage the use of EFTPOS and online payment facilities where possible and also the electronic submission of paper documentation.


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