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Question Without Notice No. 452 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 May 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — INTRASTATE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

452. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to recent changes to the zones and current intrastate border travel bans in place for Western Australia. Can the minister explain why the health advice warranted opening up Perth to the south west of the state, but not to the north or the east?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

With COVID-19 cases having occurred in the Kimberley, Pilbara, midwest and goldfields, and the risk that the disease presents to vulnerable remote communities and populations in those regions, the opening of Perth to the south west of the state is part of a measured approach to the easing of restrictions. Allowing internal travel within the Pilbara, Gascoyne and midwest areas, and allowing access to Esperance from the goldfields, was also part of that measured response. The impact of easing travel restrictions will be assessed and may lead to further changes.