Wanneroo and Gingin travel restrictions to be lifted

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The travel restrictions preventing travel between Wanneroo and Gingin unless residents will be lifted later this month. Picture: Anita McInnes

WANNEROO and Gingin residents wanting to visit each other will soon be able to do so as the travel restrictions the McGowan Government put in place to help stop the spread of Covid-19 between regions are lifted.

On Sunday, May 10 Premier Mark McGowan announced the easing of some of the travel restrictions would start from Monday, May 18.

Since the travel restrictions started at midnight on March 31 Wanneroo and Gingin residents unless they had an exemption were banned from visiting each other.

When the restrictions are eased Wanneroo and Gingin residents will be allowed to travel between the South-West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Perth and Peel regions.

The relaxation of the restrictions – first put in place on midnight March 31 – will reduce the number of regions affected from 13 to four (not including the Commonwealth Biosecurity zone and remote communities).

Mr McGowan said the government’s measures to flatten the Covid-19 curve – the state’s hard border, regional travel restrictions and management of cruise ships – had worked.

He said with broad testing in place there was no evidence of community spread so the government had a four-phase plan to carefully ease Covid-19 restrictions, to start getting Western Australians back to work safely and get the process of re-starting the state’s economy underway.

If businesses or premises want to reopen they will be required to complete an official Covid safety plan with more detail about this to be released shortly after consultation with industry.

From Monday, May 18 (or 11.59pm on Sunday, May 17):

  • indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings will be lifted to 20 people;
  • people are encouraged to return to work, unless they are unwell or vulnerable;
  • cafés and restaurants can reopen with meal service (including within pubs, bars, clubs, hotels and casino), limited to 20 patrons and the 4sqm rule applied;
  • weddings and funerals, limited to up to 20 attendees (30 for outdoor);
  • places of worship, community facilities and libraries to re-open, limited to 20 patrons;
  • community sports (non-contact) limited to 20 people;
  • outdoor or indoor fitness classes (minimal shared equipment) limited to 20 participants;
  • public swimming pools can open under strict rules (one indoor pool and one outdoor pool), limited to 20 patrons per pool.

Health Minister Roger Cook said implementing the phases relied on all Western Australians continuing to practice good social distancing and good personal hygiene.

He said the state’s plan had been developed specifically to help get some businesses going, while maintaining strict health guidelines to ensure Western Australians were kept safe.

“It takes into account the Western Australian community’s world-leading response to Covid-19, that has seen WA maintain consistently low numbers of new Covid-19 cases and success in reducing the spread of the virus,’’ he said.

“It allows for health experts to review the impact of the changes, before we move to the next phase of restrictions being lifted.”

The new regional boundaries will also allow:

  • travel between the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions (excluding Biosecurity zone);
  • travel within the Goldfields-Esperance region (excluding the Biosecurity zone);
  • travel permitted within the Kimberley local government areas (the Commonwealth’s Biosecurity zone remains in place).