WA to close border to Victoria amid climbing COVID case numbers

PIC: ABC News

WA will strengthen its border controls in a bid to reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering the community, following updated health advice related to the outbreak in Victoria.

Victoria will now transition from a 'very low risk' State to a 'medium risk' State under our controlled interstate border, effective from 10am today.

Additionally, anyone who arrived from Victoria between May 16 and 6pm May 25 must now present for a COVID-19 test within the next 48 hours, and remain in self-quarantine until they receive a negative result.

Under the medium risk classification, travel from Victoria will no longer be permitted, except for exempt travellers.

This also applies to anyone who may have been in Victoria since May 16, 2021 and has not completed 14 days quarantine in a lower risk State or Territory.

The exemption list is limited to:

  • certain senior Government officials;
  • certain active military personnel;
  • a member of the Commonwealth Parliament;
  • a person carrying out functions under a law of the Commonwealth;
  • a person responsible for transport freight or logistics; and
  • anyone who is given approval by State Emergency Coordinator or an authorised officer.

The final category includes compassionate reasons - including those Western Australians that may have travelled to Victoria recently and need to return to WA.

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