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Mark McGowan says WA border will open to Queensland on Monday subject to health advice

WA is on track to resume quarantine-free travel from Queensland next week, according to Premier Mark McGowan.

It comes as one new case was recorded in WA overnight, an international arrival in hotel quarantine.

From Monday, Queenslanders will no longer be required to isolate for 14 days if there are no outbreaks before then.

“That’s subject to health advice. I expect we’ll receive it over the weekend and we’ll be able to make an announcement then,” he told reporters today.

Currently, travel from QLD, Victoria and NSW is permitted by travellers must quarantine for two weeks and submit to COVID-19 testing. 

People arriving from South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT are not required to quarantine but must complete a mandatory G2G Pass before being allowed to enter the State.

The State Government will expand mandatory contact registering from February 12 as an additional precaution against potential outbreaks.

The State Government will expand mandatory contact registering from February 12.
Camera IconThe State Government will expand mandatory contact registering from February 12. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

Among the businesses affected are retail venues including supermarkets, department stores and shopping centres, public and private hospitals for visitors, contractors and people attending meetings, and takeaway food and beverage services.

They will be required to keep track of all visitors, who must either scan QR codes using the SafeWA app or fill out paper forms.

Events with at least 500 patrons and certain outdoor functions and gatherings under 500 people, including weddings and corporate functions, will also be affected.

The requirement extends to commercial buses or boats carrying 12 or more people, including for private parties and food, wine or sightseeing tours.

The mandatory register currently applies to hospitality venues and businesses including gyms, cinemas, places of worship and community facilities.

Fines of up to $250,000 for non-compliant businesses and $50,000 for individuals are enforced.

“While WA remains free of community transmission, we continue to learn from what’s occurring over east and overseas,” Mr McGowan said.

“With variant strains becoming more prevalent, we need to bolster our processes in case contact tracing is required by our WA health and response teams.”

Premier Mark McGowan.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan. Credit: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

More than a million West Australians and 32,000 businesses have downloaded the SafeWA app and there have been more than 20 million check-ins since its launch last month.

Businesses already using their own QR code will also be required to clearly display the SafeWA QR code from February 12.

“We want to avoid further disruptions to business activity as much as possible, and an efficient contact tracing through contact registers will help,” Small Business Minister Paul Papalia said.

“We look forward to working with industry and key stakeholders over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth and seamless transition into this next phase of contact registers.”

Information gathered through the app goes directly to WA Health and is securely stored for 28 days, unless needed for contact tracing purposes.

Public transport users are also being encouraged to register their SmartRider card to ensure their contact details are available if needed.

WA has had no known community transmission since April.

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