COVID-19 coronavirus: Latest updates

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Last updated: 24 May 2020 at 7.00pm

WA's recent low numbers are encouraging, and the WA Government thanks the community for playing their part and taking this seriously.

We cannot be complacent and need everyone in WA to stay the course. This will give us the best chance of protecting every Western Australian.

Key announcements

COVID Safety Plans key to reopening WA businesses

15 May 2020

Businesses across Western Australia will need to prepare a COVID Safety Plan before they re-open, to protect staff and customers.

Find out more about COVID Safety Plans for business.

WA roadmap for easing restrictions

10 May 2020

The WA Government has released a COVID-19 roadmap, which will see some restrictions relaxed further from 18 May.

The four-phase roadmap will help get Western Australians back to work safely and begin the process of restarting the State’s economy.

Find out more about the WA roadmap

WA Government encourages use of COVIDSafe app

28 April 2020

The WA Government is encouraging residents to download the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app.

Downloading the app is voluntary, but highly recommended by the Chief Medical Officer. It will help keep our community safe and ensure we can get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Read more about the COVIDSafe App.

Latest news

20 May 2020

$3.8 million resources export hubs to help WA recover from COVID-19

Two Western Australian-based resource sector export hubs worth $3.8 million will be established to help small and medium-sized enterprises get export-ready and be more internationally competitive.

More information on resources export hubs.

20 May 2020

Major planning reforms to drive economic recovery

Major reforms to simplify Western Australia’s planning system and boost the State’s economic recovery from COVID-19 will be introduced to Parliament.

For more information see the Major planning reforms media statement.

WA Government brings forward housing funds to support jobs in building industry

19 May 2020

The WA Government is bringing forward funds in a $150 million housing investment package to help maintain a pipeline of work for local tradies and building businesses.

For more information see WA Government’s brings forward housing funds.

Research study to track impact of COVID-19 in schools

1 May 2020

The WA Government is partnering with the Telethon Kids Institute in a study to test for COVID-19 among school students and staff without symptoms.

Expected to begin in mid-May, the study will provide greater certainty around possible transmission of the disease in schools.

Read more about the research study.

COVID-19 hygiene training sets course for hospitality recovery

29 April 2020

Western Australia’s hospitality industry is being prepared for a return to business, with the launch of a mandatory COVID-19 hygiene training program.

The initiative ensures strong COVID-19 protections will be in place when restrictions are eased in the future.

For more information see the COVID-19 hygiene training for hospitality.

Travel to and around WA

WA State border closure

Strict border controls are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. You cannot enter Western Australia unless an exemption has been granted.

For more information visit COVID-19: Advice on travelling to and around Western Australia.

Returning to Australia from international travel

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident arriving back in Australia, you’ll be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at your first Australian destination.

You will be provided with suitable accommodation to stay in during this period.

However, you will not be permitted to travel domestically (including to your home) or continue on any domestic connections, until the 14-day mandatory quarantine period has been completed.

For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller.

Health and wellbeing


Every Western Australian needs to play their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 - that means following good hygiene habits and exercising social distancing.

More information on hygiene.

Hospital visiting hours

Visiting hours at Western Australian public hospitals have been tightened to limit the flow of people through hospitals to better protect patients and staff.

For more information see hospital visiting hours.

Business and industry

Support for small and medium businesses

The WA Government is investing $114 million to support small and medium businesses.

More information on how we are supporting small and medium businesses.

Commercial tenants and landlords

The WA Government has set aside $100 million for land tax relief grants for commercial landlords.

More information on financial relief for commercial landlords.

$1 billion COVID-19 economic and health relief package unveiled

The WA Government has announced a $1 billion economic and health relief package to support Western Australian businesses, households and community groups, and to boost the response by health and frontline services to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information see COVID-19 economic and health relief package.


Prohibited activities and venues

Restrictions relating to food and drinks, retail, beauty and personal care services, entertainment venues, leisure and recreation and non-residential institutions remain in place.

For more information see prohibited activities and venues.

Aged care and the elderly

Protecting the elderly is a priority. Restrictions have been placed on visits to aged care facilities.

For more information see aged care facilities.

Your consumer rights

Consumer Protection has issued information about your rights related to tenancy, shopping, services, events and travel affected by COVID-19.

For more information visit COVID-19 Consumer Protection FAQ.

Support for tenants and landlords

The WA Government has announced support for tenants and landlords, adding to the $1.7 billion stimulus and relief package for businesses and households.

For more information visit COVID-19 coronavirus: Western Australian Government response.

Other useful information

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COVID-19 advice in other languages

Information and advice translated in languages other than English.

Page reviewed 24 May 2020
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