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:
- New close contact definitions
- New testing and isolation guidelines
- Specific school and childcare close contact protocols
- Online registration of positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) results
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.