COVID-19: Western Australia borders slam shut to N.T. & Tas. after Christmas. Booster Vax mandated
COVID-19 ‘free’, Fortress WA will return!
Premier Mark McGowan announced today (Wednesday 22 December) after the National Cabinet meeting the effective closing of WA borders to the Northern Territory and Tasmania, by proclaiming those states as a ‘medium’ risk from Boxing Day. This will mean the return of a ‘hard border’ to all states and territories. Those residents who have left WA, can apply on compassionate grounds for return. Previously, NT and Tasmanian travellers could enter WA as long as they completed quarantine.
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COVID Booster dose mandated
All WA workers who fall within the state’s current mandatory vaccine laws will now be required to have the third or booster shot within a month of becoming eligible. That means from 5 months after their 2nd dose according to ATAGI.
Mark McGowan has restated his commitment to reopening the state and transitioning to ‘living with COVID’ after 5 February (pending catastrophe), but there are likely to be more restrictions than first contemplated.
The premier’s ‘fortress WA’ policy has vast support over there in Western Australia, where COVID-19 has had little or no effect on the ordinary lives of its residents unless you are part of the tourism industry or want to see your interstate and overseas friends and relatives.
While the state’s oversized mineral exports and disproportionate share of GST revenue are unaffected by COVID why change that remotest view?