As of Oct. 24, Western Australia continues to implement Phase Four of the state's six-step recovery roadmap amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in Victoria and other areas of Australia. Authorities had previously considered moving to Phase Five beginning Oct. 24, but have delayed the move until further notice. However, officials have slightly relaxed some seating restrictions. Venues with seated events, such as cinemas, concert halls, and theatres, are no longer required to limit crowd sizes to one person per every two square meters (21 square feet). However, such venues can only operate at 60-percent capacity.
Domestic Border Controls
Travel from other parts of Australia remains prohibited, except for essential reasons or to carry out government functions. Approved travelers must apply for a G2G PASS to enter the state, bring a mask, and wear it during work. Almost all arrivals into Western Australia must self-quarantine for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test on day 11 of quarantine. The government has indefinitely postponed plans to fully reopen the state border.
International Quarantine Requirements
All travelers entering Australia must quarantine in government-designated facilities for 14 days in the city of arrival. Western Australia charges all arriving travelers, including Australian citizens and permanent residents, for quarantine, payable after the quarantine period. Quarantine fees are AUD 2,520 (USD 1,805) for one adult or AUD 3,360 (USD 2,407) for two adults in the same room. Additional people in a party cost AUD 840 (USD 602) per room, except for children under six years old. People entering the state must quarantine for 14 days and take a COVID-19 test before release.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by government health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Plan for transport disruptions and delivery delays at designated hotspot areas. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.
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