COVID-19 coronavirus: State of Emergency Declarations

Latest information on the measures being taken to protect the community and minimise potential impacts of COVID-19.

Last updated: 29 March, 2020, 2.50pm

Western Australia Declaration of State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency

The Government of Western Australia has declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency in response to COVID-19 coronavirus.

Travel

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 through self-isolation following interstate and overseas travel.

WA border controls

The Western Australian Government will implement new restrictions and arrival requirements to travel to Western Australia from other Australian States and Territories — by road, rail, air and sea — in response to COVID-19:

Exemptions

  • Unless exempted, arrivals from interstate will be ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Exemptions will apply to essential services and essential workers, including health and emergency services, defence and policing, mining industry workforces, flight crews and freight of essential goods, via ports and trucks – with strict guidelines in place to monitor and manage this.
  • There will also be exemptions granted on compassionate grounds and where people live near border communities.
  • Arrivals will have to show they meet the essential arrival criteria to be granted an exemption.
  • Enforcement of the border restrictions will be rolled out with checkpoint stops.

This has been enacted through a formal declaration under the Emergency Management Act. Effective from 1.30pm (WST) Tuesday, March 24 2020. 

Restrictions to access the Kimberley and remote Aboriginal communities

Self-Isolation Test and Close Contact Directions

Self-Isolation Following Interstate Travel Directions

Self-Isolation Following Overseas Travel Directions

Self-Isolation Following Overseas Travel Directions (No 2)

Rottnest Island Directions

Cruise ships

Business and community

Preventative Restriction of Activities Directions

Prohibiting certain activities in order to prevent control or abate the serious public health risk presented by COVID-19 by limiting the spread of COVID-19. 

Closure of Certain Places of Business, Worship and Entertainment Directions

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 through closure of certain places of business, worship and entertainment. 

Closure of Gun Shops Directions

The purpose of these directions is to ensure public safety during the state of emergency.

Mass Gatherings Directions

Prohibiting non-essential mass gatherings in order to prevent, control, or abate the serious public health risk presented by COVID-19 by limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 in remote Aboriginal communities.

Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities Directions

Limiting the spread of COVID-19 in residential aged care facilities.

Incident Management Team Accommodation - Optus Stadium Directions

Providing a location for the Western Australian Police Force Incident Management Team known as 'TIDE', responsible for maintaining business continuity and providing support to the Hazard Management Agency.

Local government

Public Authorities — Delivery of Goods and Collection of Rubbish and Refuse Directions

The purpose of these directions is to ensure that:

  • goods can be delivered to a shop; and
  • goods can be delivered by a shop to a customer of the shop; and
  • rubbish and refuse can be collected,

without any restriction on the time when that delivery or collection can occur.

Page reviewed 29 March 2020
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