As NSW and Victoria record close to a month of no locally-acquired COVID cases, the WA Premier is not rushing into any easing of his state’s borders.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has yet to decide whether he will open his state’s borders up to Victoria and New South Wales.
But Mr McGowan said he did not wish to rush into easing restrictions.
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“NSW is not at 28 days yet and they have an open border with Victoria so we will just be risk-averse,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“I know some people want to rush on this, but the vast majority of people just want to be cautious and careful and we will continue to be cautious and careful.”
Current laws require travellers from overseas, Victoria, NSW, and South Australia to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival into WA.
Officials were put on higher alert with the arrest of a man who breached self-isolation after travelling from Adelaide to Perth nearly two weeks ago.
Otherwise, WA has been somewhat of a haven from the ravages of COVID-19, with only one confirmed case in hotel quarantine in the last couple of days.
“Clearly with NSW and Victoria, you’ve got to be careful,” Mr McGowan continued.
“They have had some of the worst COVID experiences in Australia. We want to make sure we are completely sure that it is the right time to change the border arrangement before we do so.”