Western Australia’s public health and safety measures have eased, with new baseline settings now in effect.
While WA’s COVID restrictions continue to ease, people are strongly encouraged to take the following measures to protect themselves, their families, colleagues and businesses:
- Wear a face mask in crowded indoor spaces and where physical distancing is not possible.
- Stay up to date with both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines, with fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine encouraged for everyone aged 30 years and over, three months after your last dose or infection.
- Get tested if you feel unwell, including if it has been 28 days since you recovered from a previous COVID-19 case.
- Keep up good hygiene habits such as washing and sanitising your hands regularly.
Masks are strongly encouraged in crowded indoors spaces and where physical distancing isn’t possible. From 9 September 2022, masks are only required for people aged 12 and older in high-risk settings, including:
- hospitals and healthcare services
- residential aged care
- disability services facilities
- corrective facilities.
Proof of vaccination requirements
Proof of vaccination is no longer required for customers. From Friday 10 June 2022, mandatory workplace vaccination requirements only apply to:
- healthcare and health support workers in hospitals and primary health care settings
- workers in residential aged care, and
- workers in residential disability settings.
Close contact rules
A close contact is defined as:
- A household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19, who has had contact with them during their infectious period.
- Someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where they spent 4 hours of cumulative contact with them in a residential setting (including a home, residential care facility, boarding school, maritime vessel, or other accommodation facility) in any 24-hour period, where masks have been removed by both people during the period of contact.
- Someone who is informed by WA Health that they are a close contact.
Asymptomatic close contacts will not have to isolate if they:
- test negative on a RAT each day
- wear a mask at all times when not at home
- avoid high-risk settings
- work from home, where possible
- avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness
- notify their employer/educational facility of their close contact status
Symptomatic close contacts and COVID-19 positive cases must isolate for five days, provided they are free of symptoms by the time they leave isolation.
Travel into WA
The following settings for travel into WA now apply:
- Returning unvaccinated Australians and permanent residents are no longer required to quarantine on return to WA.
- Unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can leave and enter Australia without an individual travel exemption. Travellers entering or leaving Australia do not require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory.
- The G2G Pass requirement for arrivals into Western Australia has been removed.
- Vaccination requirements for interstate travellers have been removed.
Travel to remote Aboriginal communities is no longer restricted. However, communities may choose to still apply their own restrictions.