Monday, April 12, 2021

WA to move to controlled border with Victoria on Monday with the State now classified as ‘low-risk’

WA to move to controlled border with Victoria on Monday with the State now classified as 'low-risk'

Western Australia will move to a controlled border with Victoria from Monday.

It means people will be able to enter the state without needing a special exemption but they will still be required to self-quarantine for a fortnight and get a COVID-19 test.

Government officials spent Friday afternoon deliberating the latest health advice before it announced the changes.

Victoria will be classified as a “low-risk” state from 12.01 am on Monday after it went nine days with no local cases of the virus.

WA announced its plans to reintroduce the hard border with Victoria on December 31 after COVID-19 cases in Victoria climbed.

Thousands of arrivals were forced into immediate quarantine when WA imposed the hard border with Victoria just after Christmas.(ABC News: James Carmody)

Thousands of Victorian arrivals, who had been in the state since December 21, were forced into immediate self-quarantine, throwing New Years Eves plans out the window.

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Today, Premier Mark McGowan said the re-introduction of a hard border with Victoria was necessary to protect Western Australians and minimise the risk of the virus spreading in the WA community.

“It shows that with a controlled border, we can make adjustments swiftly to keep WA safe,” he said.

“I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding throughout this process, and for helping keep WA safe.

“Everyone in the community has a responsibility to be vigilant and ensure we can stay protected from this deadly virus.

“This means heeding the COVID-safe principles and taking precautionary measures on all fronts, be it face masks when flying and at airports and checking-in using SafeWA when you’re out.”

The WA Government will still wait for 28 consecutive days of no community cases in Victoria before it will consider reclassifying the state as “very low-risk”, which would allow quarantine-free travel.

Jurisdictions considered “very low risk”, which permit arrivals to enter WA without COVID-19 testing or self-quarantine requirements, are the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania.

NSW and Queensland will be the only jurisdictions considered “medium-risk”, where people are not permitted to enter WA without an exemption, once Victoria moves to “low-risk” on Monday.

The WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor and review border controls to determine if any further adjustments can be made in the future.

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