Victoria is on track to become a “very low risk” state on March 15, under Western Australia’s COVID-19 controlled border policy, WA Premier Mark McGowan says.
- The change hinges on no COVID community transmission
- WA’s COVID-19 restrictions are also on track to change
- International arrival caps are set to rise to 1,025 passengers a week
This will mean people from Victoria can travel to WA without having to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Pending no changes before that date, it will be the first time all states and territories have been considered “very low risk” by the WA Government.
“It is an incredible achievement, not just for Victoria, but for the whole of Australia,” Mr McGowan said.
Good news for hospitality sector
Mr McGowan also announced new changes to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Pending no further outbreaks, capacity limits will be increased to 75 per cent at indoor and outdoor seated venues from March 15, including entertainment venues, bars, places of worship and stadiums.
“I am sure the new 75-per-cent rule will be welcome news for many in our hospitality sector,” Mr McGowan said.
The two-square-metre rule will continue to apply to all other unfixed seating venues, like nightclubs, music events, galleries, the zoo and the casino.
International arrival cap on the rise
The cap on international arrivals is also changing.
The cap already increased from 512 to 900 this week, as agreed with the Commonwealth.
Mr McGowan said the cap would increase further and return to 1,025 from March 26, making WA the state accepting the most returning Australians per capita.
Since early January, WA has only been taking 512 arrivals from overseas each week because of the heightened risks associated with COVID situations overseas.
The Premier also announced Western Australia would begin using AstraZeneca vaccines this Sunday, after 21,000 doses arrived in WA.
The Government will establish a new vaccination clinic at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, where critical and high-risk workers will be among those to be vaccinated.