After WA recorded 194 additional local cases of COVID-19 overnight, the state government announced that the state would open its borders in just under two weeks, Thursday, March 3 at 12:01 a.m.
For interstate arrivals, this will mean that travel without quarantine can resume for those who are triple vaccinated.
Travelers will need G2G passes and a rapid antigen test provided at the airport within 12 hours, and report any positive results.
International arrivals, limited to 70 per week, will need to have a G2G pass, meet Commonwealth government requirements and pass a rapid antigen test within 12 hours.
Unvaccinated Australians returning from overseas will be required to complete seven days of hotel quarantine.
In order to manage the spread, the state will introduce level one measures in areas where there is currently community transmission.
Mask requirements for indoor public spaces will be expanded statewide.
So for Perth, Peel and the South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Pilbara regions from 6am on Monday 21 February the 2 square meter rule will return for all hospitality and entertainment venues .
However, drinking while standing will still be permitted, as will dancing.
There are now 724 active cases in WA with zero hospitalizations.
The number of cases has been considered “significant”, Premier Mark McGowan announced on Friday, and is expected to continue to rise in the coming days.
Four weeks ago, on January 20, the state made the decision to delay the reopening of the border on February 5.
Mr McGowan said the review concluded the situation had since improved, with other states past their peaks, hospitalizations down and WA increasing vaccination rates, including for children and third doses .
“It was a decision that saved dozens, if not hundreds of lives,” Mr McGowan said.
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