Perth’s 10-month streak of no coronavirus cases was broken on the weekend after a security guard at a quarantine hotel tested positive to the virus. As a result, the capital city, Peel and South West regions have entered a five-day lockdown until February 5, 2021, whereby residents can only leave home for essential reasons.
A range of venues and businesses must close for the period including entertainment venues, outdoor recreational facilities, cinemas and restaurants. The lockdown has also impacted gatherings, with a 10-person limit placed on funerals and no weddings allowed. The Perth arts festival Fringe World has announced that all of its events and venues will close in line with the rules and staff are working from home to re-commence operations at the end of the lockdown.
The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) has been listed as a potential exposure site, and those who visited on January 29, 2021, between 4pm and 6pm must present for a test.
How the lockdown affects other states and territories
New South Wales (NSW)
NSW has ordered travellers returning from Perth, Peel and Western Australia’s (WA) South West regions to isolate immediately. Those who have visited those areas since January 25, 2021 and are in NSW are required to abide by the “four essential reasons” restrictions until 6pm Friday.
Victoria has altogether closed its border to those impacted parts of Western Australia. Anyone who has been in any of the red zones since January 25, 2021, is not permitted to enter Victoria without an exemption.
Anyone who has been to an affected region will be required to go into 14 days of quarantine.
South Australia (SA)
South Australia has closed its border to all of WA, not only those from the impacted regions. People can apply for exemptions to travel to WA for essential purposes.
Anyone who has been to the affected regions since January 25, 2021, should self-isolate immediately and contact officials who will provide further advice.
Travel into Tasmania from those regions is now barred unless an exemption is approved.
Northern Territory (NT)
All travellers entering the territory from 7.30pm on Sunday local time were required to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. Anyone who arrived in the NT from the affected regions since January 25, 2021, must get a COVID-19 test and immediately self-isolate.
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
ACT Health is asking anybody who has visited the affected regions of WA since January 25, 2021, to self-quarantine and get tested for COVID-19.