Mark McGowan has extended the current Perth COVID restrictions from December 28th to January 4th.
WA Health has confirmed that, as of 10am this morning, WA has recorded one new local case of COVID-19.
Today’s case is a close contact of Case 1,133 and tested positive while in quarantine and is not considered to have been contagious while in the community.
This brings the total number of locally acquired cases in this outbreak to nine.
An update on WA’s vaccination rate for Western Australians aged 12 and over is 91.5% first dose and 83.4% double dose.
More than 29,000 people had been tested since Friday and had put WA within reach of controlling and killing off the current outbreak.
“Based on the number of close contacts associated with the recent outbreak, who are still waiting on test results, and the concerning nature of the outbreak amongst the Perth backpacker community, we are not out of the woods just yet,” said Mr McGowan.
Latest Perth COVID updates
- Full list of Perth exposure sites
What about New Year’s in Perth
Current Perth COVID restrictions will be in place over New Year’s.
The following restrictions will apply across Perth and Peel until 4/1:
- Masks will be mandatory in all public indoor settings, including workplaces, shopping centres, hospitality venues and public transport
- The mask mandate will not apply to the home, and will not apply for people doing vigorous indoor exercise
- We are recommending masks be worn outside when you cannot physically distance – so we are urging people to use common sense
- High risk, large public events like music festivals will be cancelled during this period and all nightclubs will be closed. All dancing will be banned, except for weddings
- In addition, the mask rules will also apply to anyone who has been in Perth or Peel since Thursday, 16 December and are now located in a different part of the State
Perth Cup to go ahead
Mark McGowan has stated that the Perth Cup will go ahead, however, masks will be mandatory and in a WA first, proof vaccination will be required to enter the event.
“We worked with Perth racing to ensure the Perth Cup can proceed as safely as possible.
“This will include for the first time a proof of vaccination requirement for all patrons at the event.
“There are a few ways attendees can show proof of their vaccination. In both digital or paper-based form, along with their proof of ID,” said Mr McGowan.
Only seated consumption of alcohol will be allowed.
New Year’s Eve Firework events
Community firework events will be allowed to go ahead, however, masks will be mandatory where physical distancing isn’t possible.
More to come.
For further government updates visit wa.gov.au.
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