WA’s hard border with Victoria to come down, but travellers will still have to quarantine

Charlotte EltonThe West Australian
Melbourne recorded no new locally acquired COVID cases on Friday.
Camera IconMelbourne recorded no new locally acquired COVID cases on Friday. Credit: Georgia Loney/Kalgoorlie Miner

WA’s hard border with Victoria will lift from 6pm tonight, Premier Mark McGowan has announced — but travellers will still have to quarantine for 14 days.

The announcement comes as Melbourne emerges from a two-week lockdown. Victoria recorded zero new locally-acquired cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

From 6pm, the state will move from the “medium risk” category to the “low risk” category.

This means that travel will be permitted from Victoria into WA, but that travellers will have to self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise and present for a COVID-19 test on day 11.

“The hard border with Victoria was necessary in keeping COVID out of our community,” Mr McGowan said.

“I know it’s frustrating and has been inconvenient for many but we need to put the health of everyone living in WA first.

“The transition of Victoria to low risk will allow for safe travel and means everyone arriving into WA who has been in Victoria or through Victoria is subject to testing and quarantine.”

WA instated a hard border with Victoria on May 26. A family tested positive for the virus on May 24, before the outbreak spread through Whittlesea, north of the city, and the seaside suburb of Port Melbourne.

Today, Health Minister Roger Cook called the border-easing a “safe and cautious adjustment” which had been recommended by the Chief Health Officer.

Western Australia Health Minister Roger Cook.
Camera IconWestern Australia Health Minister Roger Cook. Credit: Richard Wainwright/AAPIMAGE

Travellers to WA who have visited certain Queensland and NSW exposure sites will also have to quarantine for 14 days, after a couple tested positive on the Sunshine coast.

The full list of Queensland and NSW exposure sites is available here.

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