New South Wales moves to ‘low risk’

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Since the WA Government’s announcement at 3pm on Thursday, 17 December, NSW Health have advised of a further 12 locally acquired cases, bringing the total number of cases to 17.
Changes to entry and quarantine conditions for NSW

As a result, WA’s Chief Health Officer has consulted further with NSW Health and the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and has provided updated advice to the Western Australian Government on our controlled interstate border and the evolving situation in New South Wales.

Based on the health advice, the WA Government will now take further steps to prevent COVID-19 with NSW now transitioning from a ‘very low risk’ state to a ‘low risk’ state under the controlled interstate border:

Effective from 12.01am Friday, 18 December:

  • anyone arriving from New South Wales will now be required to self-quarantine in a suitable premise for 14 days;
  • these arrivals will also be required to be tested for COVID-19 on day 11.

Anyone who has arrived from NSW from December 11 or was in NSW from December 11 and subsequently arrived in WA before 12.01am Friday, 18 December will be required to follow updated arrangements, which include:

  • the requirement to self-quarantine in a suitable premise as soon as possible;
  • to present for a COVID-19 test as soon as possible;
  • return to self-quarantine until a negative test result is confirmed;
  • Undertake a further test on Day 11 after arrival in WA.

The WA Government is taking these important and extra cautious steps, based on the most up-to-date expert health advice.

See Controlled interstate border for more information.

Page reviewed 18 December 2020