Normality is starting to resume for Western Australians with cafes, restaurants and pubs reopening their doors and workers returning to offices.
WA is unwinding many of its coronavirus restrictions from Monday, allowing greater regional travel and up to 20 patrons at a time to dine at hospitality businesses.
About 130,000 public servants have been encouraged to return to offices and the government is urging other businesses to send staff back to work.
Premier Mark McGowan hopes to further loosen restrictions by June 8, a week earlier than initially expected.
“My view is if the health advice allows it, we should significantly expand the numbers of people able to attend restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs because clearly 20, while it’s a massive improvement, is not enough for many of them to open or make a profit,” he said.
The number of regional borders has been cut from nine to four, allowing Perth residents to holiday down south but still quarantining more vulnerable areas in the state’s north.
More than 800,000 people have been stopped at regional checkpoints since April 1 with just 1.7 per cent of total vehicles denied entry.
Police will continue to patrol the borders and retain some static checkpoints.
The premier said he was in no rush to support international students returning to WA and didn’t expect it to happen before the start of next year.
“Some of the premiers are very keen on that but I think it’s a longer-term proposition,” he said.
WA recorded three historical coronavirus infections over the weekend. Each of those patients have since recovered.
Five cases remain active with one person in hospital.