From 12:01am on Saturday, Perth and Peel residents will no longer have to wear masks in public places, with a few exceptions, the WA Premier has announced.
- WA has gone four days with no locally-acquired coronavirus cases
- The new restrictions will be in place for seven days, until May 15
- The Premier has thanked the efforts of people in the Perth and Peel regions
The decision comes after all 115 of the close contacts linked to a quarantine hotel security guard and his two housemates returned negative test results.
All of those close contacts remain in quarantine and will complete a full 14 days in isolation.
“So far, based on the information we have, there is no evidence of spread from case 1,001 beyond his two household contacts,” Premier Mark McGowan said.
The easing of restrictions follows a fourth consecutive day of no new local cases.
Masks will no longer be needed except on public transport, hospitals, aged and disability homes and events with more than 1,000 people.
High school students will no longer be required to wear masks, and masks will also no longer need to be worn in gyms or at work.
Under the relaxed rules, people will be able to have up to 100 people at their homes and nightclubs and casinos will reopen.
Stadium capacity will return to 75 per cent, however masks will still be mandatory.
Mr McGowan said he had advised the Prime Minister WA would only be able to accept up to 530 returning Australians per week on an ongoing basis.
The state’s intake was temporarily halved to 512 two weeks ago in the wake of an outbreak at the Mercure Hotel which sparked a three-day lockdown.
Following that outbreak, the government announced it would be retiring three “high-risk” hotels from the quarantine system, and therefore its international arrivals cap would need to be permanently reduced.
Mr McGowan said he had written to the Prime Minister to inform him that 530 would be the new limit.
‘We must continue our healthy habits’, Premier says
The new restrictions will remain in place for seven days, until May 15.
“The reason we are able to ease these restrictions is because of the efforts of the people of Perth and Peel,” Mr McGowan said.
“We must continue our healthy habits so we can return to pre-lockdown life.”
Mr McGowan said he hoped the state would snap back to pre-lockdown conditions from May 15.
The Premier also announced small businesses in Perth and Peel that were impacted by the Anzac Day weekend lockdown would soon be able to apply for $2,000 grants.
The program will support an estimated 15,000 businesses across hospitality, catering and staging, fitness, hair and beauty, and creative and the performing arts sectors.
Businesses must be able to demonstrate losses incurred for perishable goods, cancellations or other unforeseen costs as a result of the lockdown.