The Perth and Peel regions in Western Australia will exit lockdown tomorrow after five days as scheduled, but transitional restrictions will remain for a period of time.
The lockdown in Perth and Peel will end at 12.01am on Saturday and comes after WA recorded one new case of community transmission today - a partner of an already confirmed case who has been isolating while infectious.
Meanwhile, the capital of the NT and the central Australian town of Alice Springs have already seen lockdown measures ease at 1pm today with residents currently living under more lenient settings.
In WA two tranches of eased restrictions will be in place until Monday 12 July, at which point the Perth and Peel regions will be back at pre-lockdown settings.
However, from midnight tonight Perth and Peel will be under 'post-lockdown interim restrictions' until 12.01am Tuesday 6 July pending the latest health advice including:
- Everyone must continue to wear a mask in indoor and outdoor public places, while at work and on public transport, unless exempt or for outdoor vigorous exercise;
- People who can work from home or remotely, are encourage to do so;
- Limit of 10 visitors to all homes;
- Limit of 20 people for private outdoor gatherings;
- Four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit for restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, casinos, nightclubs, entertainment venues and public venues - for seated food and drink service only;
- Four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit for beauty, nail and hair services;
- Public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums, swimming pools can open with the four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit in place;
- Universities, TAFEs and training services can reopen;
- Places of worship can open with four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit;
- Weddings and funerals can proceed with up to 20 guests;
- Professional and outdoor community sports, including training, are permitted, but without spectators. Indoor community sport is not permitted;
- Fitness venues including gyms, pilates, yoga, dance studios can open with four square metre capacity rule and 20 patron limit in place;
- No visitors to aged and disability facilities and hospitals, except for compassionate reasons and advocacy;
- No visitors to residential aged care and/or disability facilities except for exceptional circumstances such as essential care, compassionate reasons, end of life and advocacy; and,
- No visitors to hospitals except for compassionate reasons, end of life, accompanying a child or supporting a partner giving birth.
The intrastate Perth and Peel border will removed, meaning people can travel within WA, with the exception of some remote Aboriginal communities.
However, anyone who has been in Perth and Peel since Sunday, 27 June is subject to same mask wearing requirements and will not be allowed to visit hospitality, entertainment, recreation venues or other public gatherings. People are permitted to enter retail venues and purchase takeaway.
Following this upcoming three-day period, further eased transitional restrictions will take effect at 12:01am 6 July, and remain in place until 12:01am Monday 12 July - pending ongoing health advice:
- Masks will not be required outside where physical distancing is possible;
- Masks will remain mandatory for indoor public venues, including in the workplace and on public transport. Exemptions apply including for medical reasons and primary school aged children or younger. People should use common sense and take a mask with them whenever they leave home;
- 30 person limit will apply in all homes for indoor private gatherings and 150 person limit for outdoor private gatherings;
- Two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit will apply to most venues, including weddings and funerals;
- Indoor and outdoor community sport will be able to resume with spectators;
- Patients in hospital, or people in aged care or a disability facility can have four personal visitors per day. Masks will remain mandatory for staff and visitors; and
- Major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena and HBF Park will be able to operate at 50 per cent capacity.
"We intend for these subsequent transitional restrictions to be in place for just six days, from Tuesday through Sunday to take us through the full 14-day incubation period," says WA Premier Mark McGowan.
"Assuming everything goes well for these restrictions, and health advice permitting, we intend to take the final safe and sensible step and return to our pre-lockdown life by 12:01am Monday 12 July.
"It's a quick, safe and sensible approach to keep our State safe, and get us back to the incredible freedoms that we've enjoyed for most of the last year."
Post-lockdown restrictions for Darwin and Alice Springs
For Darwin and Alice Springs new COVID-19 restrictions are now in place, including:
- Travel will be permitted across the Territory.
- Face masks must be worn when you are unable to physically distance this includes at places like the supermarket, shops and hairdresser. Workers who come into close contact with patrons, or who work in crowded environments will need to wear a mask.
- Up to 10 people can visit your home at a time.
- Restaurants, cafes and pubs will re-open for seated service only. Patrons will be required to wear a mask when they go to the bar to order.
- Big events must have The Territory Check In QR Code system in place and be able to comply with physical distancing and mask wearing requirements.
- No close contact sports. Indoor exercise including at gyms, Zumba, barre, pilates and yoga studios will remain closed.
- Places of worship will open. Masks must be worn and physical distancing applied.
- Schools, vacation care and childcare centres will open.
Updated at 4.25pm AEST on 2 July 2021.
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