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WA government announces interstate border rule relaxation, confirms quarantine-free New Zealand travel

ABC Business logoABC Business 9/04/2021 07:14:14
Mark McGowan wearing a suit and tie: WA Premier Mark McGowan says New Zealand will be treated as another Australian jurisdiction. (ABC News: Andrew O'Connor) © Provided by ABC NEWSWA Premier Mark McGowan says New Zealand will be treated as another Australian jurisdiction. (ABC News: Andrew O'Connor)

Western Australia is making major changes to its COVID-19 restrictions, by relaxing its interstate border rules to re-open to other states quicker following closures.

WA will open up its border to travellers from other states where there has been 14 days without a case of community transmitted coronavirus, down from 28 days.

The new 14-day benchmark will mean that, pending no further outbreaks, Queensland will be classed as a 'very low risk' state from Monday, April 19.

Premier Mark McGowan said the hard border would continue to be used when needed.

"While these changes are very positive, Western Australians should not underestimate the virus and its ability to disrupt and destroy lives and livelihoods," he said.

"It was less than two weeks ago that Queensland went into a snap three-day lockdown following an outbreak, and while our border arrangements allow for safe travel it is also a fast and effective measure to stop the virus.

"That is why I will not hesitate to bring back hard borders should we need to protect Western Australians from COVID-19."

The WA government confirmed travellers from New Zealand will be allowed into Western Australia without having to quarantine from April 19.

Mr McGowan said New Zealand would be treated as another Australian jurisdiction and would be classed as "very low risk".

Perth Stadium allowed 100 per cent capacity

The government also announced that from 12:01am Saturday, April 10, it will raise capacity limits for certain indoor and outdoor venues with fixed seating to 100 per cent, including Perth Stadium.

Other venues to be allowed 100 per cent capacity include auditoriums and amphitheatres, theatres, concert halls, cinemas, comedy lounges and performing arts centres.

But the 75 per cent limit for restaurants, clubs and cafés with dedicated seating, and the two square metre rule for pubs, nightclubs, bars and other music events, will remain in place at this stage.

"However, in the context of continued absence of community transmission and the roll-out of the vaccine for vulnerable groups, the CHO (Chief Health Officer) anticipates that the benefits of retaining the final physical distancing and mass gathering restrictions may well be reduced and could be removed," Mr McGowan said.

"To that end, the CHO has recommended that the situation be reviewed in one months' time, with further advice to be provided."

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