Western Australia will join the rest of the states and territories in allowing quarantine-free travel to and from New Zealand from next week, following a review of its border restrictions.
New advice from WA’s Chief Health Officer now changes the state’s requirements to move a ‘low risk’ jurisdiction to a ‘very low risk’ jurisdiction from at least 28 days to at least 14 days of no community cases of COVID-19.
This means that from 12.01am on Monday 19 April, pending no further outbreaks, Queensland will transition to ‘very low risk’ and people will be able to enter WA without having to quarantine, subject to strict conditions.
The WA government has also announced plans to allow quarantine-free travel between the state and New Zealand from next Monday, in line with the launch of the broader two-way trans-Tasman bubble.
WA also eased restrictions for certain indoor and outdoor venues over the weekend, with auditoriums and amphitheatres, theatres, concert halls, cinemas, comedy lounges, and performing arts centres now allowed to fill 100 per cent of their fixed seating capacity.
Meanwhile, Victoria has moved Greater Brisbane, Queensland’s Gladstone region and the Byron Shire in NSW to ‘green zones’ under its traffic light permit system, meaning that every location in Australia and New Zealand are free of travel restrictions by the state.
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