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(WESTERN AUSTRALIA) #Coronavirus Report; With large parts of WA under a five-day #COVID19 lockdown, people travelling across the state have been waiting for clarity on the latest rules and restrictions #AceHealthDesk report

ABC News: updated 4h ago:

Here are the #COVID19 rules for travelling across regional WA

So what are the latest COVID travel rules for regional WA?

Below is a breakdown of the Government’s advice.

A sign for a coronavirus testing clinic in Broome.
Travellers returning home from Perth, Peel and the South West are urged to stay home and get tested if they have symptoms.(ABC Kimberley)

Can I return home from Perth, Peel or the South West?

While the State Government wants residents to stay where they are, it will not restrict those who are unable to remain from going home to non-affected areas.

But those people must travel via the most direct route and still comply with all the restrictions in place in the lockdown regions.

This means anyone travelling must:

  • Return directly home
  • Stay home unless for there is an essential reason to leave, including essential work, medical appointments, shopping for essentials or one hour’s exercise per day (within your neighbourhood, with one other person)
  • Wear a mask in public at all times
  • Not have any visitors to their home
  • Monitor their health and undergo a COVID-19 test if they become unwell

Those travelling between regions must be able to provide supporting evidence for their reason for doing so, such as a letter from an employer or evidence of a medical appointment.

A State Government spokesman said police would ask travellers to justify why they need to be out and about during the lockdown.

There are eight check points in the regions to detect non-essential travellers and police will be conducting additional patrols.

An airport team has been established to monitor essential travellers departing Perth Airport.

On Sunday police were taking the details of returning travellers.

Can I travel to an affected area?

Only to access or deliver essential health and emergency servicesand other “essential requirements”.

The State Government is in the process of updating the G2G app to include regional travel approvals.

In the meantime, travellers should have proof of a reason for travel, such as letters from an employer or proof of medical appointments.

A sign on the Cape Leveque Road warning of restricted access to Aboriginal communities.
Access to remote Aboriginal communities and aged care residential facilities remain restricted.(ABC Kimberley: Matt Bamford)

What about elective surgery?

Elective surgery, as well as categories 2 and 3, was suspended from Monday.

Category 1 and urgent category 2 surgery will continue, with hospitals to contact patients about rescheduling their appointments.

Day-to-day rules

The two-metre-square rule remains, except for seated and ticketed performances at seated entertainment venues and within places of worship.

There is restricted access to remote Aboriginal communities and residential aged care facilities.

More information can be found by contacting the WA COVID hotline on 13 26843.

#AceHealthDesk report ……..Published: Feb.02: 2021:

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