Masks no longer mandatory in Perth, as final lockdown measures lift
The last of Perth and WA’s lock lockdown measures are being lifted as of midnight (3am AEDT) meaning masks are no longer mandatory.
It means the city — which was put into a five day lockdown alongside Peel and parts of the state’s south west on January 31 after a single virus case in a hotel quarantine worker — returns to pre-lockdown conditions.
No new cases were reported yesterday.
The WA government confirmed online: “The Chief Health Officer has advised that the full 14-day incubation period is on track to run its course, with no indication of any community transmission.
“From Sunday, 14 February masks will no longer be required to be worn either inside or outside, there will be no travel restrictions in WA, except for remote Aboriginal communities and mandatory contact registration will continue, as was planned prior to the lockdown.”
However, WA is now closed to Victorians amid the new Melbourne outbreak.
Premier Mark McGowan confirmed that no flights from Melbourne to Perth on February 9 originated at Terminal 4 at Tullamarine Airport.
A hunt is on for passengers who were at the airport on that day, after a cafe worker worked while infectious with the virus.
All the passengers were all tested at the airport and were placed in quarantine for two weeks.
Four people refused entry into the state yesterday because they had recently been in Victoria, were “sent back to where they had come from.”
Mr McGowan admitted it was a “very harsh measure”, but “these are the rules we put in place to keep people safe”.
“Prior to the hard border with Victoria coming into force at 6pm last night (Friday), we had one flight from Melbourne yesterday with 80 people on board,” Mr McGowan, said.
No cases were recorded in hotel quarantine in Western Australia today.