The Western Australia State Government has agreed to lift the state’s strict border restrictions with SA, but it might be too late for many.
WA Premier Mark McGowan confirmed on Thursday that quarantine-free travel will recommence, but not until Christmas Day.
The confirmation is in-line with the state’s ongoing health advice that it would only lift border restrictions with other states after 28 days of no community transmission.
Providing there are no further cases of community transmission, South Australia is set to reach that milestone come Christmas Eve.
Mr McGowan confirmed that anybody travelling to the state prior to that date would need to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The news means that anybody wishing to head west would now be stuck in quarantine for Christmas, while anybody who arrives in WA from SA on Christmas Eve would still be subject to the 14-day quarantine.
The confirmation of the state’s hard-line border policy follows a tumultuous week for relations between the two states.
Earlier this week, the WA Premier made headlines when he opted out of an in-person meeting with South Australian Premier Steven Marshall due to WA health advice.
Currently, anybody returning to WA is subject to self-quarantine if they have been in contact with a South Australian resident.
It kicked off a war of words between the leaders with Premier Steven Marshall pointing out that South Australia had no active cases “unlike Western Australia”.
South Australia currently has no active cases of the virus in the state.