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Proof-of-vaccination enforced for Perth Cup, the first time it will be made a requirement in WA

The WA Government is set to enforce a State-first proof-of-vaccination requirement.

WA Premier Mark McGowan revealed punters attending the Perth Cup at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, January 1 will need to show they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Racing and Wagering WA in a statement confirmed staff, contractors, volunteers and industry participants must provide proof of being double-dose vaccinated – including jockeys.

People will have the option to show this digitally, or in a paper-based form, with more info on how to do so here.

WA’s own proof-of-vaccination app is not yet ready, but should be available in mid-January, the Premier said.

“Understandably this is the first time we will be doing this, so it might not be perfect,” Mr McGowan said.

“But it’s the best way to ensure a safe event.”

He said vaccine passports would soon “become the norm”.

Masks will also need to be worn after the State’s mandate for the Perth and Peel region was extended until January 4 – also impacting New Years Eve celebrations. The seated consumption of alcohol will be in place at the Group 2 Perth Cup event too.

Jockeys will not be required to wear masks while riding in the Perth Cup.

“I acknowledge the extension of these public health measures will be disappointing for some, given we are heading into New Years, but we haven’t made this decision lightly,” Mr McGowan said.

The Premier said unvaccinated West Aussies now hoping for a re-fund would need to follow up with Perth Racing.

Meanwhile one new COVID case, a woman in her 20s, has been recorded.

She is a close contact of the French backpacker who tested positive last Thursday. She was found to have the virus on Monday morning and has been in quarantine for all of her infectious period.

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