New COVID-19 protocols to commence in WA

News story
Revised close contact, testing and isolation protocols in effect from 12.01am, Tuesday 8 February.
Last updated:
A graphic showing someone isolating and testing for 7 days

From tomorrow, new high caseload environment COVID-19 protocols will be introduced across WA.

The new settings will help to manage community transmission of COVID-19 and minimise disruption to the community and economy, including:

In addition, commencing Wednesday 9 February, the following will also be implemented:

  • Reduction in quarantine for approved international and interstate travellers to 7 days
  • Travellers must wear a mask in indoor and outdoor settings for the following 7 days
  • Vaccinated direct international travellers permitted to self-quarantine at a suitable premises, if eligible
  • International arrivals cap doubling to 530 travellers per week
  • Unvaccinated international arrivals required to complete 14 days in hotel quarantine
  • Mandatory use of G2G Now still required by all arrivals in self-quarantine.

Under the hard border settings, the following testing advice applies:

  • Approved travellers undertake a PCR or RAT on Day 1, and then return a negative RAT on Day 7 to end their self-quarantine period
  • Any household member will also be required to return a negative RAT on Day 7
  • Any household member will be classified as a close contact, if the approved travellers tests positive during self-quarantine.

Any travellers, positive cases or asymptomatic close contacts currently in self-quarantine under the previous 14-day settings are able to leave quarantine once they have completed 7 days and have returned a negative RAT.

If symptomatic, people need to continue in isolation, until symptoms resolve.