The Premier has made some changes to the controlled border arrangements for WA which were announced on Friday morning.
The new controls came shortly after NSW’s announcement today of a record 390 new cases and two deaths.
The ‘high risk’ category has been upgraded from:
- Meeting an exemption category, to be approved prior to travel
- Completing a G2G Pass
- Self-quarantining for 14 days
- Health screening requirements such as testing for COVID within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12
Travellers will now have to also:
- prove they have had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine (if eligible)
- provide proof of a negative test within 72 hours prior to travel
- use the G2G Now app while in quarantine
A new ‘extreme risk’ category was also announced and will only come into effect if the number of daily cases surpasses 500.
Exemptions would be further tightened to just Commonwealth, State and specialist functions only and would require travellers to complete 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine.
Meanwhile, from midnight, the ACT will fall into the ‘medium risk’ category while SA will be considered ‘low risk’.
From Tuesday, August 17, NSW will be classified as ‘high risk’.
Regarding stranded West Aussies in NSW, the WA Government will adjust exemption rules to help them return home.
Compassionate guidelines will also be adjusted to ensure that people who recently left WA, have roots in WA, and a legitimate right to return, will also be offered a pathway to return to WA subject to the relevant quarantine conditions and required evidence.