“This is going to be life under COVID-19,” was how WA Health Minister Roger Cook described how quickly the rules to WA’s border changed over the weekend.

People arriving in WA from South Australia will be now required to quarantine for two weeks after a three community transmission cases were discovered in Adelaide – which has since grown to 17 cases.

“The Premier and I moved very quickly yesterday and, true to our word, as we said, we’d put the hard borders back on if we needed so we recategorised South Australia as a low-risk state,” he told Botica’s Bunch, meaning that all travellers from SA will need to quarantine for 14 days… or immediately head home.

Thing is, many travellers from SA were still up in the air – literally – when the changes were implemented and having to quarantine upon arriving at Perth Airport.

So, exactly who’s paying for that?

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Based on the latest health advice the following changes to WA’s controlled interstate border are effective as of immediately:

  • Anyone arriving from South Australia at Perth Airport will now be tested for COVID-19 on arrival (or within 24 hours of arrival at another COVID clinic) and given a direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise.
  • These arrivals will also be required to be tested for COVID-19 on Day 11.
  • Anyone arriving via road from South Australia will be given a Direction to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise and required to take a COVID-19 test on Day 2 and on Day 11.
  • Anyone who arrived from SA earlier today and yesterday, via road or air, will be contacted by WA officials and will be required to be tested for COVID-19 in the next 48 hours and self-quarantine until results are returned.