Indoor mask mandates, proof of vaccination rules, and domestic arrival requirements are now a thing of the past in Western Australia as of today.
Masks will no longer have to be worn, except on public transport and in rideshare cars, at airports, correctional facilities, hospitals and other health care buildings, including aged care.
Vaccination proof will no longer be required at businesses and venues.
Workplace vaccine mandates remain in place, meaning very limited work opportunities for the unvaccinated.
“It is important to note that the vaccination mandates for employment remain,” the WA health minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said.
On top of this, G2G and third-dose vaccine requirements have been scrapped for all domestic arrivals.
The state will also join the rest of Australia in removing quarantine requirements for asymptomatic close contacts “under strict circumstances.”
Sanderson said that WA’s treatment of COVID is very encouraging and “an extraordinary achievement.”
“It’s time to start to go back to living with COVID. It is time for us to live with this disease,” she said.
Based on our current COVID-19 situation, it is clear we are past the peak of our Omicron wave.
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Gathering limits have been lifted, including the 2sqm rule for venues.
This means that events, nightlife venues, sporting competitions, and weddings will be able to continue as normal.
“We will be taking off the blanket indoor mask mandate — no more masks required at venues, the office or indoor gatherings,” she said.
However, travel to remote indigenous communities will still be restricted.
These areas will still have the now elsewhere removed restrictions.
International vaccine and quarantine requirements are still to be determined by the Federal Government, meaning non-Aussies will have to be double-dosed and unvaccinated people will have to undertake a week of isolation.
These requirements will be reviewed in four weeks.