INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Tourism in the North West
With the recent lifting of travel restrictions within Western Australia, tourism operators across the North West are ready to give travellers a warm welcome to the Pilbara, Kimberley and Broome. Please see here for information and offers on travelling in the North West in 2020. Please note that travel restrictions still apply to remote Aboriginal communities, and that some tourism operators have will remain closed in 2020 and will welcome guests once again in 2021.
Some traveller FAQ's can be found here.
Intrastate Travel in Western Australia
Restrictions on intrastate travel, that is movement through the boundaries of the regions of Western Australia, were lifted on 5 June 2020. People may now travel freely within Western Australia.
Travellers in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions should note that under directions issued by the WA Police Commissioner, travel to remote Aboriginal Communities in the Kimberley, the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku, and parts of the Shire of East Pilbara encompassing the communities of Jigalong, Martu homeland communities and Kiwirrkurra is not permitted, save for essential services.
For more information on travel to the Kimberley, including how to seek special permission to enter the designated biosecurity area, click here.
Strict border controls are in place from 1.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, March 24. All arrivals from other States and Territories will have to self isolate for 14 days after arriving in Western Australia.
The WA Government has announced that from midnight on Sunday 5 April 2020, further restrictions will be enforced at Western Australia. From that time, the only exemptions for interstate travellers arriving into Western Australia will be:
- Health and emergency services
- Transport, freight and logistics
- Specialist skills not available in WA
- National or State security and governance
- Courts and Judicial Services
- FIFO workers and their families under strict 14 day isolation periods when first entering WA.
Restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings
From 5 June 2020, the WA Government has eased some restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Activities listed below are allowed for up to 100 people per single undivided space, up to 300 people in total per venue over multiple spaces (100/300 rule), while ensuring physical distancing, good hygiene and the 2 square metre rule are followed:
- non-work indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people per single undivided space, up to 300 people in total per venue over multiple spaces (100/300 rule)
- weddings and funerals up to 100 people.
Food and beverage
- food businesses and licensed premises may operate, but only with seated service
- alcohol may be served at licensed premises without a meal (patrons must be seated)
- food courts can reopen with seated service.
Wellbeing and health services
- all beauty services, including nail, tanning and waxing salons can resume
- saunas, bath houses, wellness centres, float centres, spa and massage parlours may reopen (100/300 rule).
Leisure, sport and recreation
- gyms, health clubs, and indoor sports centres will be able to offer the normal range of activities, including use of all gym equipment (gyms must be staffed at all times and undertake regular cleaning)
- contact sport and training
- playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment can be used
- galleries, museums, theatres, auditoriums, cinemas and concert venues can reopen (during any performance, the patrons must be seated). (100/300 rule)
- wildlife and amusement parks can reopen (100/300 rule)
- arcades (including pool/snooker, ten pin bowling, Timezone), skate rinks and indoor play centres (100/300 rule)
Parents/guardians will be able to enter school grounds to drop off or pick up their children.
Community facilities open
- Places of worship, community facilities and libraries may increase capacity to 100 patrons in each room, up to 300 per venue.
- TABs and Pub TABs may reopen for betting and watching events and racing.
- Crown Casino gaming floor will remain closed for gambling during phase 3.
Gathering restrictions do not apply to:
- office buildings and factories
- schools and childcare facilities
- retail stores and shopping centres
- supermarkets, fresh food markets and grocery stores
- mining and construction sites
- public transport and vehicles.
However, you should still practice physical distancing and good hygiene.
On 11 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic.
Australia has in place strict measures aimed at protecting Australians and visitors to our country from the coronavirus.
From 9pm, 20 March 2020, Australia closed its borders to all travellers coming to Australia (with the exception of residents and citizens). New Zealand citizens who live in Australia as Australian residents are also exempt, as are New Zealanders transiting to New Zealand.
Australian citizens and residents will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their arrival.
For details visit the Australian Border Force website.
For the latest information relating to travel in Australia see the Department of Home Affairs website.
To find out about any flight cancellations please check with individual airlines.
Information and guidance is available from the World Health Organisation.
The Australian Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health are the leading agencies for information about COVID-19 in WA.
You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
The WA Government website is also a good source of information.
Hotels and accommodation providers
State and Territory public health agency contacts are available here.
Other useful links
For the latest information about how coronavirus is impacting international education visit the Study Perth website.
For the latest COVID-19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies go here.
While all care is taken to ensure the information on www.australiasnorthwest.com website is current, please be aware that there may have been developments since this page was last updated. Please use the links to State and Federal government websites for the most up to date information and announcements.