27 September 2023

WA Health eases pandemic restrictions

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WA Health has said that public health and social measures relating to the Omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are to be eased from today (31 March).

The Department said the decision was based on the latest health advice and delivered on a promise to review the measures after four weeks.

“The modest Level Two measures were introduced on 3 March, the same day as the full border reopening,” the Department said.

Premier, Mark McGowan said the State had made a “soft landing” through the Omicron wave, with hospitalisations and ICU admissions lower than expected.

“Given this, we can now ease most Level Two measures back to modified Level One measures after four weeks — just as we had planned,” Mr McGowan said.

“WA has been fortunate enough to mitigate the need to move towards more severe and sustained long-term restrictions seen elsewhere in the country,” he said.

The Premier said however, that some businesses had done it tough while Level Two measures had been in place.

“I thank all Western Australians for doing the right thing,” he said.

“We have only got to this position by doing what is required, when required, and now we can all benefit.

“As we continue through the Omicron wave, we will continue to review and adapt measures as necessary.”

Minister for Health, Amber-Jade Sanderson said that, since the start of the pandemic, the Government had implemented sensible health measures that had kept Western Australians safe.

“These new Level One measures strike the right balance between reducing the spread of Omicron and minimising the impact on businesses,” Ms Sanderson said.

“Importantly, we are retaining stronger measures for higher-risk settings, including hospitals and residential aged and disability care, to ensure our most vulnerable citizens are appropriately protected,” she said.

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