Western Australia’s Chief Health Officer has provided updated advice to the State Government on our controlled interstate border due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in New South Wales.
With NSW reporting five COVID-19 cases linked to the initial case – the transport worker – the State Government is taking immediate steps under its controlled border arrangements to further protect WA.
- all arrivals from NSW must get a COVID-19 test on arrival or within 48 hours and self-quarantine until they return a negative result – they must wear a mask when in transit to their premise or to get a COVID-19 test;
- anyone who has visited any of the exposure sites in NSW during the relevant times should self-quarantine for 14 days from their date of exposure and be tested immediately (within 48 hours) and at day 11.
Airport testing is being arranged for Perth Airport domestic terminals from tomorrow (June 20) for all NSW arrivals, however, arrivals can also choose to go to other COVID public or private testing clinics.
Anyone who has arrived from NSW since June 11, 2021 should monitor their symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 if unwell.
Arrivals into Western Australia are asked to continue to monitor the NSW Health website for updated exposure locations.
Anyone who is unwell or experiencing symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine until they return a negative test result.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“The situation in NSW is fast evolving and concerning given the outbreak involves the Delta strain of the COVID-19 virus.
“Based on the latest health advice, we’re introducing extra precautionary measures with immediate effect to protect Western Australians.
“This is consistent with measures taken in December last year at the beginning of the NSW northern beaches outbreak and in late May at the beginning of the outbreak in Victoria.
“These additional testing controls may cause some disruptions for some people, but the health of Western Australians is my priority.
“It’s critical that anyone who is unwell or is experiencing symptoms must get a COVID test immediately.
“I want to thank Western Australians and affected travellers for their understanding.”
As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:
“The latest outbreak in NSW is very concerning.
“Our best wishes are with the people of NSW as they work to bring this outbreak under control.
“It’s an important reminder for Western Australians to continue to follow the basic COVID-safe practices – like checking in using the SafeWA app and staying home, and getting a test, if unwell.
“I thank everyone for their understanding as we continue to do all we can to keep Western Australians safe throughout the pandemic.”