Today marks the first day in a hopeful step towards normality since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement yesterday Mr McGowan announced the first easing of coronavirus restrictions – allowing for an increase in gatherings within WA.
Based on expert health advice, the two-person limit on non-work indoor and outdoor gatherings will be adjusted, with the limit rising to 10 people.
This also includes the list of acceptable activities to do away from home has been expanded slightly.
Everyone should continue to practise appropriate social distancing and stay home except for:
- Shopping for what you need, such as food or other necessary supplies
- Medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements
- Exercise, including outdoor personal training without shared equipment
- Training or University study, where remote learning is unavailable
- Childcare or school
Further non-contact recreational activities such as private picnics in the park, fishing, boating, hiking and camping − are all allowed now, however must be in compliance with travel restrictions and the new 10-person rule
Home opens and display village openings, with appropriate record-keeping and hygiene practices in place, and in compliance with the 10-person rule.
A maximum of 10 people will be allowed at weddings (an increase from the five person limit), funerals, outdoor personal training (no shared equipment), home opens and display village inspections as part of these changes.
Mr. McGowan stresses, however, that despite the ease in gathering restrictions it is important that WA continue to practice adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times and practice good hygiene.
“Don’t have wild parties, don’t do stupid things that mean we have to clamp down again,” he said.
Mr McGowan said the Government would continue to look to “move or tweak” some restrictions.
Further coronavirus Perth coverage on SoPerth.com.au:
- Australia coronavirus update: Treasurer urges banks to step up and updates the nation on the economy
- Human trials of potential COVID-19 vaccine begin
- International travel restrictions will not be looked at for another four months
Feature image: Mark McGowan Facebook