Masks, gathering restrictions set to be eased in Western Australia

Western Australia will ditch its indoor mask mandate and proof-of-vaccination requirements from Friday and will remove all capacity limits at venues.

The state’s border control regime will also be dropped, with G2G applications to be scrapped along with the requirement for interstate arrivals to be triple-jabbed.

WA will also move into line with the rest of the country and remove the need for close contacts to isolate for seven days. Asymptomatic close contacts will instead be required to wear masks in public, test daily and avoid vulnerable settings.

Announcing the loosening of restrictions back to “baseline levels” on Tuesday, WA Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said the state “has secured the soft landing that we all wanted”.

“The advice from the chief health officer is that now is the appropriate time to lift those restrictions because the hospitals are managing,” Sanderson said.

“It’s time to start to go back to living with COVID, to working as normal, going to school as normal and playing sport as normal, but please be mindful of our vulnerable members of the community.”

The removal of the proof-of-vaccination requirement followed 99 per cent of the eligible population being double-dosed, and 79 per cent boosted.

Sanderson said the workplace vaccine mandate would remain in place, and masks would still be required in high-risk settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities and public transport.

“With such a high proportion of the community vaccinated, we want to take the burden of checking and enforcing the vaccination requirements off businesses,” she said.

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