Travel Restrictions in WA
Update Monday 24th July 2020
Based on the latest health advice, Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap, due to be implemented on Saturday, 1 August, has been delayed.
The new tentative date will now be Saturday, 15 August.
A final decision on whether Phase 5 can proceed on this date will be decided in about 2 weeks’ time.
17 July 2020
Effective immediately, anyone coming into WA who has come from, or has travelled through, Victoria in the last 14 days will be directed to hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Legislation will soon be introduced into State Parliament to enable this to occur.
As another precaution, there are now specific rules which will apply to travellers from New South Wales
Rules for WA Gatherings
- All existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed
- Gathering limits now only determined by WA’s reduced 2sqm rule
- The 2sqm rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons
- Removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises
- No requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licensed premises
- Alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements
- All events permitted except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals
- Unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs
- Gyms operating unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained
- The casino gaming floor reopening under agreed temporary restrictions.
For WA’s major sport and entertainment venues, a 50 per cent capacity rule will apply. Therefore, under Phase 4 the temporary capacity of Optus Stadium will be 30,633 for sport events (35,000 for concerts), HBF Park can hold 10,150 (16,500 for concerts), RAC Arena can hold 7150 (8250 for concerts).
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.
The biosecurity areas declared under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2015 will be removed, however, access to remote communities will remain restricted.
Breaches of restrictions could result in a fine of up to $50,000. Some exemptions apply.
Travel restrictions to remote Aboriginal communities are in place to protect the health and wellbeing of residents.
Anyone outside a designated area can only enter that region if they:
- are providing essential services or supplies
- have been quarantined from the general public for the previous 14 days
- qualify for a special exemption (including mining and food production) and adhere to strict conditions that minimise the risk of COVID-19 spread.
How do I apply for an exemption?
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
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.
Essential services such as bin collections will continue as normal, at this stage.
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.