Covid-19 Resources and Updates
No new tentative date will be set for Phase 5 at this point, based on the health advice and due to WA’s current strong health and economic standing.
Though Phase 4 will be extended, the following change will come into effect starting this weekend:
Effective from Saturday, October 24, selected venues that predominantly hold seated events will be exempt from the 2 square metre rule.
They will be permitted to reach up to 60 per cent of their usual maximum capacity for seated and ticketed performances.
These venues include: theatres, concert halls, auditoriums, amphitheatres, cinemas, comedy lounges, and performing arts centres.
These venues have been deemed ‘low risk’ by the Chief Health Officer, as they are seated and ticketed.
This modification to Phase 4 will provide these venues and industries – particularly culture and the arts – the opportunity to function in a COVID-safe way, without being disproportionally impacted by the 2 square metre rule.
Phase 6 was going to include the removal of WA’s hard border with the rest of the country and travel restrictions currently in place for remote Aboriginal communities.
A tentative date for the removal of WA’s hard border was planned to be included as part of Phase 6, however, this was put on hold due to the rapidly evolving situation in Victoria.
When an indicative date is set in the future, it will be contingent on locally acquired infection rates in the eastern states.
The WA hard border will only be removed when the WA Chief Health Officer is confident the spread of infection is controlled in the eastern states.
Travel restrictions – remote Aboriginal communities
Restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities – frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions about travel to remote Aboriginal communities.
Last updated: 5 August 2020 at 4.40pm
Restrictions on entry to remote Aboriginal communities remain in place to protect the health and wellbeing of residents.
On this page you will find frequently asked questions on:
- Entry rules for remote Aboriginal communities
- Who can go into remote Aboriginal communities
- Requesting to have a community excluded from the entry rules.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that has not been previously identified in humans.
The virus causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever and in more severe cases, pneumonia. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face.
The first case reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) was on 31 December 2019. It has since spread across the world, with WHO declaring the disease a pandemic on 11 March 2020.
It is very important that the community access resources from trusted sources only. Below is a list of trusted resources specifically related to Coronavirus (COVID-19):
WA State Government Hotline 13 COVID (13 26 843)
Coronavirus Health Information Line 1800 020 080
Health Direct 1800 022 222
COVID Test Result Hotline 1800 313 223
Smart Traveller website www.smarttraveller.gov.au
WA Government Department Health website www.healthywa.wa.gov.au
Australian Government Department Health website www.health.gov.au
Corona Virus Resources for Remote Communities.
If you require a translating or interpreting services please call 131 450.
There are a number of Coronavirus resources available for the indigenous and remote communities. Here are a few reliable sources:
- The Aboriginal Health Council of WA
- The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHO)
- Department of Communities
- WA Department of Health
Free services to assist communities during Covid-19
Over 169 payphones across remote communities in Western Australia are available to use free of charge. This will help you stay connected to friends, family and health care services.
Western Australia is working closely with the Commonwealth, State and Territory jurisdictional governments to respond to the outbreak of a novel Coronavirus that has recently been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.