Mark McGowan announces Western Australia won’t open up until it hits 90 PER CENT double vaccinated – and there will STILL be strict rules to enter the hermit state
- Western Australia won’t open its national, international borders until next year
- The trigger for the decision is when WA hits 90 per cent double vaccinated
- Travellers to the state must be fully vaccinated and get tested twice
Western Australia won’t reopen its borders until 90 per cent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated.
Even then travellers will have to abide by strict rules, WA Premier Mark McGowan confirmed on Friday.
Mr McGowan finally unveiled the state’s roadmap out of the Covid-19 pandemic on Friday – becoming the last state in the country to do so.
Under the uber-cautious plan, interstate and international travellers will remain banned from entry until late January or early February.
All arrivals will have to be fully vaccinated. They will have to receive a negative Covid test result 72 hours before boarding a plane to WA.
Then within 48 hours of entering, visitors will have to receive a second negative test result.
Foreign visitors won’t have to quarantine if fully unvaccinated. Unvaccinated arrivals will have to undergo two weeks of quarantine.
A transition date will be locked in once WA finally hits the 80 per cent double dose target, expected sometime in December.
Just 63.7 per cent of the state’s population aged over-12 are fully vaccinated, according to government figures.
Mr McGowan hailed the Safe Transition Plan as a ‘world first’ and unique.
‘What’s unique about our plan is that it’s intended for border controls to ease at a point where there is no community transmission in Western Australia, combined with very, very high levels of vaccination,’ he said.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) refuses to reopen the state’s borders until 90 per cent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated.
All interstate and international visitors must return a negative Covid test before departure and get tested again when they enter Western Australia.
‘This puts us in the best possible position to transition with minimal impact on our health, our economy, and our way of life.’
A host of public health and social measures have also been tightened and may become even stricter, based on the last health advice.
Face masks will remain mandatory in high risk indoor settings such as hospitals, aged care and on public transport.
Patrons who want to attend a nightclub, casino or large event will only be granted entry if they’re doubled jabbed.
A host of public health and social measures have also been tightened. Pictured are cafe diners in Bunbury
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