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

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

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 …
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