COVID-19 latest updates from CME

Last updated – 8.25 AM, Monday 20th December

This afternoon, WA Premier Mark McGowan convened a second emergency management team meeting for the day to review our current border controls with New South Wales.

NSW is on the verge of a serious outbreak. Currently there have been 41 community cases in just the last two or three days.

Given the size of the Sydney outbreak and recent advice from this afternoon’s AHPCC meeting, our Acting Chief Health Officer has recommended that New South Wales now move from being a ‘low risk’ state to a ‘medium risk’ state.

This means, effective from 12.01am, Sunday, December 20 – the hard border with NSW will be reinstated.

This is the highest rating of any state or territory – only Victoria, South Australia and NSW previously have been given this risk rating.

As a result, travel from NSW will no longer be permitted, unless you are an exempt traveller.

This also applies to anyone who may have been in NSW since December 11 and hasn’t completed 14 days in a lower risk state or territory.

This means from midnight tonight they will need to meet a strict exemption category to enter WA. This exemption system is the same arrangements we have used before.

The exemption list for New South Wales is limited to:

  • certain senior Government Officials;
  • certain active military personnel;
  • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;
  • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth;
  • a person responsible for transport freight or logistics; and
  • anyone who is given approval by the State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.
  • the final category includes compassionate reasons – including those Western Australians that may have travelled to NSW recently and need to return to WA.

These people will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be required to complete 14 days of self-quarantine, as well as undertake mandatory COVID-19 testing.

Interstate transport and freight workers entering WA are still required to show evidence of having received a negative COVID-19 test result in the past five days.

COVID WA Helpline:
1800 020 080

For the latest official updates on COVID-19 please visit https://www.australia.gov.au/ and https://www.health.gov.au

For information on mental health support please visit https://www.lifeline.org.au/ or call 13 43 57