Well, it wasn’t exactly what we wanted to hear but here we are.
On Thursday night, Premier Mark McGowan announced that while the interim restrictions would ease as planned, Perth and Peel regions learned that they weren’t going to relax completely.
The new rules, which kick in from midnight on Friday, will remain in place until May 8.
The restrictions apply to anyone who has been in Perth or Peel since April 17 and subsequently travelled to another region.
Mr McGowan said the May 8 finish date ensured a 14-day incubation period from when the last local case was detected on April 23.
The big one was masks, which will remain mandatory for indoor public venues – including workplaces, secondary school students and teaching staff and on public transport.
Cafes, restaurants and other hospitality businesses will return to pre-lockdown capacity but patrons will be required to wear face masks.
Masks will not be required outdoors, unless physical distancing is not possible, such as at major sporting events.
That includes Sunday’s AFL western derby between West Coast and Fremantle at the 60,000-capacity Optus Stadium, which will be allowed to host a 75 per cent capacity crowd.
“If you leave your home, take your mask with you,” the premier said.
“I know wearing masks is annoying and frustrating for many people, but I would just ask that we keep following the health advice and always use common sense.”
Indoor weddings and funerals will be permitted to host up to 200 guests, community sport is allowed to resume with spectators and patients in hospitals, aged care and disability care can have a visit from one household per day.