West Australians are being warned lockdowns will remain a “necessary tool” to limitleaders agreeing only to use them as a last resort.
More than twoin Perth and the Peel region regained some freedom on Saturday after a four-day lockdown ended overnight.
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Temporary restrictions will be enforced for three days, including mandatory mask-wearing indoors and outdoors andat hospitality venues.
State and federal leaders have agreed lockdowns will only be used as a last resort under a four-phase reopening strategy linked to.
Butsays “until we have enough West Australians vaccinated”, they would remain a necessary tool to curb outbreaks.
He described the national agreement on Friday as highly subjective given the contrasting approaches to managing the pandemic of different states.
“, and then you have community spread and a lockdown that might go for weeks and weeks if not months,” he said.
“Our view of last resort is that you listen to the medical advice,if there’s any prospect of community spread, and try to kill it quickly and efficiently right then rather than let it drag on and result in potentially catastrophic consequences.”
The decision to lift Perth’s third lockdown in five months came despite one new local case being recorded – that of a 21-year-old woman whose partner, an employee at the Indian Ocean Brewery,earlier in the week.
He picked up the virus after having fleeting contact with a 51-year-old woman who had contracted the.
The 21-year-old woman has been in quarantine since Sunday, and authorities do not believe she has been in the community while infectious.
Three other cases were detected thisin Perth’s northern suburbs. Of close contacts related to that cluster, 383 people out of 398, or 96 percent, had tested negative, Mr. McGowan said on Saturday.
“I can alsoof these close contacts have also had their five-day test and returned negative results,” he added.
During the first phase offrom Saturday to Tuesday, hospitality venues will be limited to 20 patrons and seated service.
Anyone who travels outside of Perth and Peel mustand not dine at pubs, cafes, and restaurants.
The second phase of less onerous restrictions will be enforced from Tuesday until 12.01 am on Monday, July 12, when Perth and Peel are slated to return to pre-lockdown life.