Mark McGowan press conference: COVID-19 restrictions in WA to be eased at the end of the month.

Most of WA’s level two restrictions are set to ease at the end of the month as the state experiences the height of the Omicron wave.

In a presser on Thursday, Premier Mark McGowan said although WA had recorded more cases than anticipated, high vaccinations levels had ensured hospitalisations and ICU admissions were below what had been predicted.

He also said it appeared that the doubling of case numbers has stopped – which meant moving on from current restrictions.

Next week, from 12.01am on Thursday, March 31:

  • Checking-in will only be required in venues that need proof of vaccination for entry, such as bars and nightclubs but not supermarkets.
  • Mask-wearing will still be required indoors for adults and children in year three or above.
  • Indoor gathering limits will sit at 30, while outdoor events at home will be able to entertain 200 people.
  • Optus Stadium will have a 75 per cent capacity limit, as will theatres.
  • Hospitality venues will be crowd capped at 500 for two weeks.

Current numbers 

  • There were 8616 positive cases to 8pm Wednesday, bringing the total number of active cases to 42,988.
  • One of the deaths was a woman in her 80s who passed away on Wednesday, along with six historical deaths dating back to March 11 that were yesterday reported to WA Health.
  • They included a woman in her 50s, men in their 40s, 70s and 90s and another two men in their 60s.
  • There are 209 people in hospital and nine in ICU.
  • Of the cases, 3848 were from PCR tests and 4768 were self-reported from rapid antigen tests.