The WA border will open to NSW and Victoria tomorrow.
Despite quarantine bungles in recent days, Mark McGowan says the border will open to NSW and Victoria tomorrow.
The Premier flagged last week the re-opening of the border to Victoria and NSW – originally scheduled for today – was in doubt when NSW recorded a positive COVID-19 case.
The State also admitted to a bungle where authorities failed to shepherd two overseas travellers direct into quarantine. The two German citizens boarded a flight to Melbourne without going into isolation.
But despite the misstep, Mr McGowan said the risk to WA from NSW travellers entering the State remained low.
“It is safe to continue our plans as announced and to transition New South Wales to the next classification, he said.
“This will occur for both Victoria, and New South Wales, effective from midnight tonight.”
He also revealed SA would be changed to a “low risk” area on midnight Thursday December 10.
While being allowed to enter WA, travellers from SA will still have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
“All through the pandemic I’ve made it crystal clear that Western Australia will take a careful, cautious approach to opening the border,” he said.
“We have come so far here in WA, there is no point in taking unnecessary risks that put all our good work to waste.”
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