Western Austalia has announced that it will reopen its borders to travellers from New South Wales and Victoria on Tuesday 8 December.
Premier Mark McGowan announced the news at Perth Airport on Tuesday morning following advice from health authorities. It’s been more than eight months since the coronavirus caused the borders to shut.
NSW and Victoria will be classed as “very low risk” jurisdictions – joining Queensland, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory.
From 12.01am on Tuesday 8 December, travellers arriving from NSW and Victoria will no longer be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Instead, arrivals at Perth Airport will undergo a health screening and temperature check, as well as complete a G2G declaration.
Travellers will also have to declare that they have not knowingly mixed with anyone from South Australia, which remains in the medium-risk category.
“I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding, not just in recent weeks but over the course of the pandemic,” Mr McGowan said.
“I want all Western Australians to know that every decision we have made throughout the pandemic has been made to protect our community based on expert health advice.”
Western Australia borders have been closed since March 24. As a result, the state has gone 233 days without a coronavirus case in the community.
Unfortunately, residents in South Australia will have to wait at least until 11 December for restrictions to ease. However, McGowen said they will review this arrangement next week.
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