Premier Mark McGowan announced stage three restrictions for WA residents which will include the hard closure of our border and the closure of playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment.
- WA Police launch drones to enforce social distancing rules
Drones will be deployed to public spaces to deliver audio warnings to those caught flouting social distancing rules.
The drones will be utilised at parks, beaches and cafe strips to ensure people are adhering to strict new gathering rules which ban people venturing outside in groups of more than two, unless they are family or live together.
Police have also been given greater powers to charge people for ‘failing to follow a directive’ if they breach social distancing and self-isolation requirements, with on-the-spot $1000 fines also expected to be introduced this week.
- Interstate FIFO to ‘wind down’
Flights bringing mining, oil and gas workers to Western Australia from the east coast are expected to stop shortly following the announcement the state would implement a ‘hard closure’ of its borders as early as this weekend.
- Sick cruise passenger plan changes after doctors’ pressure
Twenty-nine passengers sick with COVID-19 who were languishing on German cruise ship MS Artania which docked in Fremantle last week were brought to Joondalup hospital.
- Vasco da Gama cruise ship passengers embark on quarantine
Around 850 Australian passengers stuck on the Vasco da Gama disembarked from the cruise ship and were transferred on a mandatory 14-day quarantine period to either Rottnest Island or a supervised hotel in WA.
- Magnifica to steam out of Australian waters
A cruise ship which was at the centre of the coronavirus crisis for a day last week after the state government incorrectly said it had more than 250 infected passengers aboard is steaming out of Australian waters.
- PM announces $130 billion package to support wages
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a $130 billion package to support the wages of up to 6 million Australian throughout the coronavirus crisis.
- Mandurah MPs want a ban on non-essential visitors from Perth
Federal Canning MP Andrew Hastie and state Dawesville MP Zak Kirkup have called for a ban on non-essential visitors from Perth ahead of travel restrictions coming into effect across WA at midnight.
- Remote WA communities pay the price for big city panic buyers
Panic buying in capital city supermarkets has caused shortages in some of the nation’s most remote and vulnerable communities, where thousands of Indigenous Australians have been told to stay put to minimise their risk of catching COVID-19.