The WA government has announced changes to its COVID-19 border restrictions with Victoria and NSW.
The WA government has announced changes to its COVID-19 border restrictions with Victoria and NSW.

WA eases virus rules for Vic and NSW

People arriving into WA from Victoria will no longer be required to quarantine in a hotel under new COVID-19 rules, while the restriction on NSW travellers will also ease.

From October 5, travellers from Victoria will be able to self-isolate at a suitable home for 14 days.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said they would be tested upon their arrival and on day 11.

He said it would help ease demand on hotels, with the number of international arrivals requiring quarantine set to increase.

NSW restrictions will also ease, bringing the state into line with all other jurisdictions.

"Victoria will be the only unique case," Mr McGowan told reporters on Tuesday.

The previous rules stipulated that anyone who had been in Victoria or NSW in the past 14 days could not enter WA unless they met certain criteria.

Mr McGowan also announced that in an Australian first, a new app would be used to allow police to check in on people remotely while they are in self-isolation.

WA Premier Mark McGowan has announced changes to the state’s COVID-19 rules. Picture: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images
WA Premier Mark McGowan has announced changes to the state’s COVID-19 rules. Picture: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images

WA recorded no new cases overnight, with the number of infections from the bulk carrier Patricia Oldendorff remaining at 17.

That included seven onboard and 10 in hotel quarantine.

"We are well prepared to manage the situation in Port Hedland and every possible measure is being put in place to the protect the local community," Mr McGowan said.

"Our priority first and foremost is the health of West Australians.

"Those in hotel quarantine are being kept away from the public and under strict supervision."

Mr McGowan said the Australian Defence Force would provide further assistance from Thursday.

He said plans were continuing with the vessel operator, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and Pilbara Ports Authority regarding potential replacement crew members and deep cleaning of the ship.

WA has not had any community transmission of the virus for 171 days.

"It has allowed us to open up our economy faster than anywhere else, creating jobs at a faster rate," Mr McGowan said.

"It's the reason the Reserve Bank deputy governor said WA is leading the nation in our economic response.

"It's meant in WA life is virtually back to normal, free from the restrictions that are in place in the eastern states."

Mr McGowan said it was very pleasing to see the outlook significantly improving in the eastern states, but a cautious approach was still needed.

"There is no need to unnecessarily rush and make decisions that put our state at risk," he said.

"We have come so far in our COVID journey, we don't want all our efforts as a state to go to waste."

Originally published as WA eases virus rules for Vic, NSW


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