Industry update: COVID-19 update: public health measures to ease

An update from the Department of Premier and Cabinet COVID-19 Communications team.

As you may have seen this week, National Cabinet has discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and agreed to revise isolation requirements.

Today, the WA Government has also updated mask wearing rules, and aged and disability care facilities across the state can now determine visitor limits. The new isolation requirements will support local businesses and ease workforce pressures by reducing the time workers need to spend in isolation, unless they work in a high-risk setting.

Updated Isolation Requirements

From Friday 9 September, people who have tested positive to COVID-19 and close contacts with COVID-like symptoms must isolate for five days or until symptoms resolve.

People who work at or visit high-risk settings (including hospitals, health care settings, disability and aged care facilities, and those providing care in the home) are not permitted to enter these locations for at least seven days following a positive test.

Close contacts with no symptoms will not have to isolate for the five days if they:

  • undertake daily Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT);
  • wear a mask outside the home;
  • avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, health care settings, disability and aged care facilities and correctional facilities;
  • work from home (where possible);
  • avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness; and
  • notify their employer/educational facility of their close contact status.

The change to isolation requirements will enable people who have tested positive to COVID-19 and close contacts to return to work sooner, while continuing to protect at-risk people in our community.

Changes to Mask Rules

From Friday, 9 September, mask wearing rules will be eased on all public and passenger transport, including trains, buses, rideshares, taxis and domestic aircraft.

Mask wearing will still be required for high-risk settings such as hospitals, healthcare services, corrective services, residential aged care and disability service facilities to protect the most vulnerable and staff. All Western Australians are encouraged to wear a mask in crowded indoors spaces and where physical distancing is not possible, to help protect vulnerable members of the community.

Visitors to Aged and Disability Care Facilities

Visitor limits will also be eased for residential aged and disability care facilities. From today, these facilities will be able to determine the number of visitors permitted per resident each day.

Proof of vaccination will still be required for aged care facilities, in addition to mask wearing at both aged care and disability care facilities.

How You Can Help

  • An intranet article has been attached to this email for you to share with your staff or stakeholders.
  • You can also share the latest information from the WA Government Facebook and Twitter pages across your social media channels.

Thank you again for your ongoing support. Please reach out if you need any further information or communication support.