Celia Hammond MP

COVID-19- WA BORDER CLOSURE

COVID-19- WA BORDER CLOSURE

The State Government has announced that Western Australia will implement new restrictions and arrival requirements to travel to Western Australia from other Australian States and Territories in response to COVID-19.

From 1.30pm on Tuesday, 24 March, Western Australia will implement strict border controls for all access points ā€“ by road, rail, air and sea. Unless exempted, arrivals from interstate WILL be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.

This will be enacted through a formal declaration under the Emergency Management Act.

Exemptions will apply to essential services and essential workers, including health and emergency services, defence and policing, mining industry workforces, flight crews and freight of essential goods, via ports and trucks ā€“ with strict guidelines in place to monitor and manage this.

There will also be exemptions granted on compassionate grounds and where people live near border communities.

Arrivals will have to show they meet the essential arrival criteria to be granted an exemption.

Enforcement of the border restrictions will be rolled out with checkpoint stops.

This new direction will be enforceable by law with penalties of up to $50,000 for individuals.

These new border controls are all about reducing the spread of COVID-19 in WA.

More information can be found here: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/coronavirus-covid-19-state-of-emergency-declarations