Thanks to the efforts of the WA community, public health and social measures will ease from 12:01am, Friday 29 April, as Western Australia’s soft landing through the Omicron wave has been secured. Based on the latest health advice, WA reached its COVID peak four weeks ago. With hospitalisation rates, intensive care units, and COVID-19 infections lower than anticipated, public health and social measures can safely ease.
The following will take effect from 12.01am, Friday 29 April:
- No longer mandatory except for high risk settings for people aged 12 years and older (including year 7s) in the following settings:
- on public transport, in taxis and rideshare vehicles and other passenger transport
- hospitals, residential aged care and disability service facilities, and correctional facilities.
- Masks are encouraged where physical distancing isn’t possible.
- Close contacts with no symptoms are not required to isolate for 7 days, but must:
- undertake a daily Rapid Antigen Test
- wear a mask when leaving the house,
- avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, healthcare settings, disability and aged care facilities, and correctional facilities
- work from home, where possible
- avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness
- They should also notify their employer/educational facility of their close contact status.
- Close contacts with symptoms must continue to isolate until symptoms resolve and get tested as per existing protocols.
- If a close contact tests positive, they must isolate for a further 7 days as per arrangements for positive COVID-19 cases.
Density and capacity limits
- The 2 square metre rule removed for venues and businesses
- Capacity limits removed for all entertainment venues, stadiums and events
Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations
- No longer required to enter venues and businesses
- Still required to visit hospitals and residential aged care facilities
- Mandatory workplace vaccination requirements will remain in place.
- G2G Pass registration no longer required
- Triple dose vaccination no longer required for interstate arrivals
- Double dose vaccination requirement for international arrivals will continue as per Australian Government requirements
- Unvaccinated Australian international arrivals to continue to quarantine for 7 days
- Travel to remote Aboriginal communities remains restricted.
- Two visitors permitted per patient per day
- Essential visitors are also allowed at hospitals for compassionate reasons, birth partners, carers/parents/guardians etc.
- Visitors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations and wear a mask.
Residential aged care and disability care facilities
- Two visitors permitted per resident per day
- Masks must be worn by staff and visitors indoors and outdoors
- Visitors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.
COVID Safety and Event Plans
- No longer mandatory but still encouraged
Schools and early childcare
- Remaining public health measures in place removed
- Some preventative measures retained in schools including enhanced ventilation, mandatory vaccination and cleaning
- 12 million free RATs provided to all schools and childcare facilities to distribute to parents and carers
- Parents and students will be encouraged to collect tests, to ensure they are ready to test their children if symptoms develop.
Border Movement Update
Following a review of WA’s border controls based on the latest health advice, the updated Safe Transition Plan will take effect from 12.01am Thursday, 3 March 2022.
The border opening will allow for safe travel into WA from interstate and overseas with vaccination and testing requirements on arrival, pending the latest health advice.
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.
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 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.