Masks mandatory in Wheatbelt and Great Southern from 6pm tonight

  • People in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern urged to take immediate action – check for potential exposure sites and follow testing requirements
  • From 6pm tonight masks required in all public indoor settings in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions, the usual exemptions apply
  • Rule applies to anyone who has been in these regions since January 20
  • Measures introduced following new local exposure sites and based on health advice to limit any potential spread of Omicron
  • Everyone urged to check-in using SafeWA or ServiceWA, or complete contact registers
  • Western Australians urged to get vaccinated, including third doses, as soon as eligible 
  • Based on the latest health advice, a mask mandate for all indoor public settings will be extended to the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions at 6pm tonight (January 27).

    The mask rule will also apply to anyone who has been in these regions since January 20 and has since travelled to another region.

    It comes as more COVID-19 cases and exposure sites are being detected outside of the Perth, Peel and South-West regions, and concerns of further cases being identified in the coming days.

    Masks must be worn in all indoor public settings, including in vulnerable settings such as aged care facilities and hospitals – usual exemptions apply.

    This public health rule is in addition to the mask wearing mandate currently in place for Perth and Peel, and the South-West.

    All measures will be reviewed regularly and the Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor the serious situation. The mask mandate may need to be extended to other regions in the future.

    The Department of Health is working through reported cases and is in the process of identifying close and casual contacts, and additional exposure sites.

    People are asked to check the exposure sites list regularly and monitor their health and get tested immediately, and self-quarantine, if they develop symptoms.

    If you have visited an exposure site during the times listed, you are required to follow the corresponding health advice issued for that location.

    Visit https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au or https://www.wa.gov.au for further information including exposure locations and testing sites.

    As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:

    “What we are seeing with cases in regional WA is concerning.

    “We know how quickly Omicron spreads, and we know it doesn’t respect regional boundaries.

    “Third dose vaccinations and mask wearing help limit the spread of Omicron, which is why masks will be mandatory for all public indoor settings in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern from 6pm this evening.

    “Just like in Perth, Peel and the South-West, it’s important to follow this public health rule now, to slow the spread of Omicron in the regions.

    “I urge all Western Australians, no matter where they live, to do the right thing, to protect yourselves, your loved ones and the wider community.”

    As stated by Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:

    “If you are in the Wheatbelt or the Great Southern, it is time to protect yourself by wearing a mask while at public venues indoors.

    “We now have three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in this region and I’d encourage people to take this seriously.

    “Please check the exposure sites often as they are being regularly updated and get tested.

    “If you haven’t already please get vaccinated, including your third dose, when you are due.”

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