Coronavirus (Covid-19)

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Travel Restrictions in WA

Update

Last updated: 6 October 2020 at 10.48am

WA’s recent low numbers are encouraging, and the WA Government thanks the community for playing their part and taking this seriously.

We cannot be complacent and need everyone in WA to stay the course. This will give us the best chance of protecting every Western Australian.

We cannot be complacent and need everyone in WA to stay the course. This will give us the best chance of protecting every Western Australian

Ten thousand tourism vouchers worth $100 each will be up for grabs from Monday, 21 September as part of a new $1 million campaign to support Western Australia’s tour and experience businesses.

Just in time for the school holidays, the ‘A million reasons to Wander out Yonder’ campaign will give Western Australians who spend at least $100 on a tour or experience, a $100 discount.

The campaign will provide discounts on the huge range of tourism options available in WA – including winery tours, fishing charters, Aboriginal cultural tours, diving experiences, food tours, and many more.

Visitors will be able to redeem a $100 voucher by spending at least $100 on a tour or experience. This means people have the option of making a half-price saving on a $200 activity, or choosing to get a $100 discount off a higher-value or ‘bucket list’ experience.

The vouchers will be redeemable online, by phone, or in person at participating visitor centres. The tour or experience must be booked by October 31, 2020, and undertaken by the end of the year.

The limited number of vouchers will be available to the first 10,000 people who register at http://www.wandervoucher.com.au from 10am on Monday, September 21.

Key announcements

Changes to entry into WA from Victoria

29 September 2020

Based on the declining case numbers in Victoria, the Chief Health Officer has recommended changes to arrangements for people entering WA from Victoria.

From Monday, 5 October, people entering WA from Victoria will be able to self-quarantine, where possible, for 14 days at suitable premises, which will be assessed by WA Police as part of the G2G exemption application process.

People travelling from Victoria will be tested on arrival into WA and again on day 11 of their 14 day quarantine.

It is important to note that these changes are not retrospective. Travellers from Victoria who have arrived in Western Australia prior to Monday, 5 October 2020, and who have been placed in centre quarantine at a State quarantine hotel, must complete their full 14-day quarantine at that facility.

Centre Directions under the Emergency Management Act 2005 are legal and enforceable.

The protection of the Western Australian community continues to be the priority for the State, and these decisions are in place to ensure this.

People currently undergoing their hotel quarantine will not be able to check out of the hotel on Monday, 5 October, (unless this is the end of their 14-day quarantine period and they have received a Completion of Quarantine letter).

New South Wales brought into line with other jurisdictions, except for Victoria

29 September 2020

Based on the continuing low numbers of cases within New South Wales, the Chief Health Officer has also recommended bringing NSW into line with all other jurisdictions, except for Victoria. 

From Monday, 5 October, New South Wales will move to the same entry conditions that apply to other states and territories (excluding Victoria).

People entering WA from NSW will also need to present for a COVID-19 test on day 11 of their quarantine.

Phase 5

Tentative start date: 24 October 2020 

Phase 4 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap extended

Based on the latest health advice, Phase 4 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap has been extended until Friday, 23 October. 

The new tentative start date for Phase 5 will now be Saturday, 24 October. A final decision on whether Phase 5 can proceed on this date, or if it can be brought forward, will be decided in October.

Phase 5 would see remaining restrictions removed, except WA’s hard border and access to remote Aboriginal communities.

It would also see the removal of WA’s 2 square metre rule and the 50 per cent capacity for our major venues.

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 2 sqm 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).

Optus Stadium
Sport: 30,633
Concerts: 35,000

HBF Park
Sport: 10,150
Concerts: 16,500

RAC Arena
Sport: 7150
Concerts: 8250

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?

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.

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.


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