This Friday, May 29, the majority of regional boundaries in Western Australia will be lifted – with the exception of regions that come under Commonwealth juristiction and 274 aboriginal communities.
The decision comes just seven days after the last government announcement and as a family of four tested positive in hotel quarantine on Monday.
Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson is satisfied that after seven days of no outbreaks during Phase 2, and with WA’s hard border with the east in place, that families could enjoy the upcoming WA Day celebrations by visiting the state’s regions without the restrictions in place.
Premier Mark McGowan lauded the success of Western Australia and its efforts to stem the tide of COVID-19.
“Western Australia’s success in curbing the spread of COVID-19 has been world-leading,” McGowan said.
“I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and I urge everyone who can travel to get out there, wander around WA and support local businesses.
McGowan urged Western Australians to support local business owners who have suffered during tight isolation restrictions.
“Our local businesses and tourism operators need our support the most now,” he said.
“This pandemic is having a significant impact on our local economy, that’s why we have moved to ease restrictions as soon as it has been safe to do so
“If we continue to record low case numbers, I look forward to finalising Phase 3 of the WA roadmap and significantly ease restrictions further across our State.”
In the wake of Clive Palmer’s refusal of entry to Western Australia, the Government also announced that the state’s border would be continue to remain shut.
Palmer has taken to the high court to overrule the decision as he seeks to complete business in Western Australia, as well as vet potential UAP candidates.
“Based on health advice, Western Australia’s hard border with the rest of the country will remain in place, and will likely be the final restriction lifted,” McGowan announced.