Coronavirus WA: Perth Covid lockdown rules and Western Australia’s coronavirus restrictions explained | Western Australia

The West Australian premier, Mark McGowan, has announced the end of a three-day lockdown in Perth and the Peel region designed to contain the outbreak connected to the Mercure quarantine hotel.

The snap restrictions were introduced after a returned traveller contracted the virus in hotel quarantine and then, once released, spent five days in Perth before leaving for Melbourne on Wednesday last week.

A new set of interim restrictions will operate between Tuesday 27 April and Saturday 1 May.

When can I leave my house?

Until 11.59pm Monday 26 April, you can only leave your house for the following reasons:

  • Work, if you cannot work from home

  • For essential supplies, like groceries or medical supplies, or takeaway

  • For compassionate reasons, like care

  • Exercise, but only for one hour per day within a 5km radius of your home

  • Emergencies

How far can I travel from home?

Until 11.59pm Monday 26 April, people in the Perth and Peel region cannot leave the area during the lockdown. If your home is in the affected area, you may leave your home to exercise for up to one hour per day. You must stick to a 5km radius of your home, and you must stay within the affected area.

From 12.01pm Tuesday 27 April, there is no limit on the distance you can travel.

Can I have people in my home?

Until 11.59pm Monday 26 April, you cannot have visitors into your home unless for essential maintenance, caring or in an emergency.

From 12.01am Tuesday 27 April you can have up to 20 visitors in your home.

What are the rules for exercise?

Until 11.59pm Monday 26 April, you can exercise for one hour a day, within a 5km radius of your home. You can exercise with up to four other people, but there are two conditions: everyone in the group must be from the same household, and there can be no more than two adults in your group. So, for example, one adult can exercise with up to four children, or two adults can exercise with up to three children, all from the same household. You must wear a mask while exercising, unless it is vigorous exercise.

From 12.01pm Tuesday 27 April there are no rules for exercise, except masks must be worn unless it is vigorous exercise. Gyms and other indoor recreation facilities will remain closed.

What are the rules for wearing face masks?

People must wear a mask at all times, except in their own home or while doing vigorous exercise. Staff at primary and secondary schools must wear masks, and secondary students must also wear masks.

If you have been in the Perth or Peel region since 17 April, you will need to wear your mask anywhere in Western Australia.

Can I dine in at a restaurant or cafe?

Until 11.59pm Monday 26 April, restaurants, pubs and other dining venues are only allowed to be open for takeaway.

From 12.01am Tuesday 27 April, those venues will reopen, but it must be seated service only.

Are the shops open?

Until 11.59pm Monday 26 April, only essential shops such as supermarkets, liquor stores and pharmacies will remain open.

All shops can re-open from 12.01am Tuesday 27 April, with a limit of 20 people plus staff, with one person per four square metres. Other indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and casinos will remain closed.

Will sporting matches still go ahead?

Until 11.59pm Monday 26 April, only professional sport will proceed and only players and support staff will be able to attend.

From 12.01am on Tuesday 27 April, community support and training can proceed with players and officials but no spectators.

What about weddings, funerals and religious services?

Weddings and funerals will be permitted if an exemption is applied for, however, with a maximum of 100 guests not including staff, and masks must be worn.

Can I visit hospitals or aged or disability care centres?

Until 11.59pm Monday 26 April you can only visit hospitals, aged care and disability care under exceptional circumstances.

From 12.01am Tuesday 27 April, visitors to hospitals, aged care and disability care are restricted to compassionate grounds only.

  • Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is regularly updated to ensure it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.

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