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WA’s hard border with Victoria comes down

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WA’s hard border with Victoria will come down at midnight on Monday.

But arrivals from Victoria will still have to complete 14 days of self-quarantine and submit to COVID-19 testing.

Victoria on Friday recorded its ninth consecutive day with no new local cases, prompting the WA Government to reclassify it as a “low risk” State.

Premier Mark McGowan said reintroduction of the hard border with Victoria was necessary to maintain WA’s record of nine months with no community transmission.

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Mr McGowan said the discovery of the highly contagious UK strain of coronavirus in Australia showed WA’s “extra cautious” approach was warranted.

“Everyone in the community has a responsibility to be vigilant and ensure we can stay protected from this deadly virus – this means heeding the COVID safe principles and taking precautionary measures on all fronts, be it face masks when flying and at airports, and checking-in using SafeWA when you’re out,” he said.

Queensland and NSW are both still classified as “medium risk”.

That means travellers from those States can only enter WA if they secure a police exemption, such as on compassionate grounds for returning residents.

Under WA’s guidelines, States must reach 28 days with no locally acquired cases to move into the “very low risk” category required for quarantine-free travel to resume.

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