“Western Australians have been magnificent, and now we can take the next important steps forward, safely.”
Premier Mark McGowan has announced that WA’s public health measures will be eased further this Friday morning, back to what they’re calling “baseline settings”.
“Based on our current COVID-19 situation, it is clear we are past the peak of our Omicron wave,” the Premier said. “WA has secured the soft landing we planned thanks to the efforts of Western Australians, our world-leading vaccination rates, and the common-sense decision to delay the full border reopening.”
What this means is effective 12.01am this Friday 29 April, we’ll go back to baseline settings, which means:
– Indoor mask mandate lifted.
– No more masks required at venues, the office, or at indoor gatherings. Those aged 8-11 will no longer have to wear masks.
Going forward, masks will only be required for those aged 12 and over in:
– hospitals, aged care and disability care facilities,
– prisons and correctional facilities,
– airports and public transport,
– taxis and rideshare.
“However, while they are no longer mandatory, masks are encouraged where physical distancing isn’t possible.”
In addition, all capacity and gathering limits will be lifted including the 2 square metre rule, no caps on visitors to homes, weddings or funerals and no limits on stadiums and major events.
Quarantine requirements for asymptomatic close contacts will also be removed (similar to the other States), and in news that will please a few we’re sure, Proof Of Vaccination requirements will be removed for entry to all venues outside of hospitals and residential aged care facilities.
The G2G pass requirement to enter WA will end, along with the three dose vaccination requirement for domestic arrivals.
Mr McGowan advised that “these will be the baseline public health settings WA will have for the foreseeable future,” and warned that while case and hospitalisation numbers may rise, “it can be handled”.
Head to the WA Government Website for more info.