Three-day lockdown due to Covid-19 cases starts at midnight

The Perth and Peel region goes into a three-day lockdown starting at midnight. File picture

TRAVEL bans between Yanchep and Gingin will start at midnight after the McGowan Government called a snap three-day lockdown in the Perth and Peel region to try and stop the community spread of Covid-19.

Just before 3pm Premier Mark McGowan announced that everyone in the Perth and Peel region will have to wear face masks in public from 6pm tonight.

Mr McGowan said during the lockdown people in the region would only be allowed to leave home for work, shopping for essentials, health reasons including compassionate situations and exercise – limited to four people for 1hr with masks to be worn except for vigorous exercise.

He said the lockdown would end at midnight on Monday, April 26.

The lockdown means that Anzac Day services and community sporting events in the perth and Peel region will not be able to go ahead over the long weekend.

Mr McGowan said the decision had been made after it was discovered there had been two positive cases of Covid-19 in the community since April 17.

A man who had spent 14 days in hotel quarantine in Perth tested positive for Covid-19 in Melbourne and a friend he stayed with in Kardinya has also tested positive.

WA Police commissioner Chris Dawson said it would take until midnight tonight to have vehicle check points in place.

During the five-day lockdown earlier this year, which started on January 31, there was a vehicle control point on Indian Ocean Dr just south of the Military Rd intersection in Wilbinga.