Restriction roll back

Premier Mark McGowan has outlined plans for the easing of coronavirus restrictions following five days without any cases of community transmission.

The new measures will come into effect at 12.01am this Saturday, with masks still required in public indoor spaces and and public outdoor settings where is it not possible to physically distance.

Private gatherings at homes will be limited to 30 people and businesses and venues will be allowed to open.

Universities can resume face-to-face learning and masks will be required for all staff at schools and secondary students.

All elective surgeries and patient visit will resume and indoor fitness venues can re-open.

Pleasing sporting fans ahead of the AFL western derby, indoor and outdoor community sport can resume, with Optus stadium allowed to operate at 75 per cent capacity.

Supplied by the Government of Western Australia.

The easing of restrictions comes after the city was placed into a snap lockdown last Friday following an active case entering the community after leaving hotel quarantine.

With the most recent case recorded on April 24, these restrictions will be in place until 12:01am on May 8 when the 14 day incubation period ends.

Mr McGowan emphasised the city was not out of the woods yet.

Mark McGowan addressing the media Thurday evening. Photo: Government of Western Australia.

“Over the next week we need to be really mindful that the full incubation period of the virus has not ended,” he said.

“Over the next week it is possible we may record more local cases.”

Mr McGowan applauded the city’s reaction to the lockdown, and said he “understands the past few days has affected certain businesses more than others”.

He announced the State Government would be introducing a small business lockdown assistance grant program to provide relief to the businesses most impacted.

Describing Western Australia as a shining light in handling the coronavirus pandemic, he praised his government’s actions towards the recent outbreak.

“The short sharp lockdown, interim restrictions and the contact tracing and testing has put us in the situation we are in now – the snap back to where we were with very few restrictions.”

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