West Australian Premier Mark McGowan is set to outline plans for the easing of coronavirus restrictions after last weekend’s lockdown.

Interim restrictions remain in place in Perth and the Peel region until 12.01am on Saturday, including the mandatory wearing of face masks and limits on gatherings

The premier is expected to reveal on Thursday which restrictions will continue, including what size crowd will be allowed to attend Sunday’s AFL western derby between West Coast and Fremantle at the 60,000-capacity Optus Stadium.

Last weekend’s Fremantle-North Melbourne clash at the stadium was played without a crowd.

Some hospitality venues have opted to remain closed until restrictions are eased, with initial treasury estimates suggesting a $70 million hit to the economy.

Pubs and restaurants are currently limited to a maximum of 20 patrons.

WA’s 41st parliament will officially open on Thursday with MPs set to wear face masks and members of the public prevented from attending.

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Two locally acquired infections were found after it was confirmed the virus had leaked out of the Mercure quarantine hotel.

WA on Wednesday recorded a fourth straight day of no new local cases but confirmed four cases in hotel quarantine.

The premier has announced three “high-risk” quarantine hotels – the Mercure, Sheraton Four Points and Novotel Langley – will stop taking returned travellers from as early as mid-May.

“Whilst they are very secure, obviously they’re not perfect and the ventilation systems there we can’t make perfect. So we’re going to move out of those,” he said.

“That will result in a reduction in the number of people we can take into Western Australia.”

Opposition Leader Mia Davies said the lockdown could have been avoided had the government acted on warnings about ventilation issues within its quarantine hotels.

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“The government has put families, communities and businesses at risk without warning and without compensation,” she said.

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