Mark McGowan has just announced Perth’s post-lockdown roadmap.

Tonight Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan announced the post-lockdown roadmap that lays ahead of Perth, the Peel region and our Southwest.

42,703 tests have been performed to date throughout the lockdown period. Of the close contacts identified to Case 903, 189 negative test results have come back with 2 remaining case’s results due tomorrow.

Mr McGowan was quick to praise WA’s efforts in these tough times “thank you to everyone for their co-operation and understanding during the lockdown.

“It’s been a simply remarkable achievement and the credit goes to each and every Western Australian who made sacrifices this week to keep the community safe and get our State back to normal as soon as possible.”

Late this afternoon the State Disaster Council met and have confirmed that if zero cases are confirmed tomorrow then the full lockdown will end on 6pm Friday.

From 6pm, Friday 5 February the following will come into effect:

  • Perth and Peel will enter into a post-lockdown transition period until 12.01am, Sunday 14 February. This allows the full 14-day incubation period to run its course
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  • South West will return straight to pre-lockdown conditions.

But things won’t be back to normal as we know it.

Post-lockdown COVID-19 Restrictions

Post-lockdown restrictions
Source: MarkMcGowanMP

Some of the restrictions in place in for the Perth and Peel region are as follow:

  • Wearing a mask when in public and while at work, unless exempt or for vigorous outdoor exercise
  • All businesses can reopen, except for the casino and nightclubs
  • 4 square metre capacity rule in place for businesses and venues, up to a maximum of 150
  • 150-person capacity at all events including weddings, funerals and community sport
  • Seated service only at hospitality venues
  • Dancing only permitted at weddings and dance studios
  • 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • Visits to aged care and disability care facilities restricted to compassionate grounds
  • Residential school and boarding facilities can resume with a COVID Safety Plan
  • Only essential travel permitted in and out of the Perth and Peel regions to other parts of WA.

In regards to schools in Perth and Peel regions from Monday, masks are required to be worn by all school staff and secondary students. They are not required for primary school students.

Playgrounds will also be reopen, however, as mentioned above adults will be required to wear a mask while outside.

How long will these post-lockdown restrictions last?

Mr McGowan is expecting that if Western Australia’s continues to see encouraging and favourable results, Perth and the Peel region will go back to life as it was pre-lockdown.

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Though Mr McGowan was quick to mention that things could chage.

“As always, we’ll continue to monitor the situation closely, and if we need to make any changes, we will.”

Pre-lockdown requirements for the entire State still remain in place, and include:

  • Mandatory contact registers for most WA businesses and venues;
  • Capacity restrictions for major venues;
  • Restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities; and
  • WA’s controlled interstate border arrangements

SafeWA Fines

Failure to use the SafeWA or sign in at venues could result in a $1,000 fine, up to $50,000 if it is taken to court.

More to come.

Watch: Premier Mark McGowan details WA’s post-lockdown plan and provides a COVID-19 update

Feature image: AAP Image/POOL, Tony McDonough

For further details visit wa.gov.au.

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