Intrastate travel ban comes into effect

Intrastate travel ban comes into effect
Click here for a map showing the Goldfields-Esperance regional boundary.
Click here for a State-wide map of regional boundaries relevant to the regional travel restrictions.
Western Australians are being urged to familiarise themselves with new intrastate travel restrictions that come into effect from 11.59pm tonight (Tuesday 31 March 2020).

From 11.59pm tonight, Western Australians will not be permitted to travel outside of their regional boundary. This is an important measure that will help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Western Australians who are currently outside of their region and are able to return, should do so immediately.

Some exemptions apply, including travel for work purposes; to attend medical appointments; to transport freight; those who do not have access to groceries or supplies within their region; returning to a place of residence; where necessary to attend school or an educational institution; caring for family members; and approved compassionate grounds.

For clarity, the construction and freight industries, in particular, will continue to operate despite these new measures.

Check points and mobile police patrols will be in place to monitor travel across boundaries and ensure people are doing the right thing.

People are encouraged, where possible, to assist police by preparing documentation, such as a letter/email/SMS from an employer, to support their legitimate travel.

The State Government urges all Western Australians to remain calm, and take the time to ensure they understand the new restrictions, and the exemptions.

Additional information will be posted to soon.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"The message to Western Australians is clear – do not travel within WA. From 11.59pm, all non-essential intrastate travel must cease.

"Anyone planning to travel outside of their region for non-essential purposes must stay home, and we urge anyone that is currently outside of their region to return home immediately.

"We understand these measures may be inconvenient, but they are vital to ensure we continue to protect their fellow Western Australians and stop the spread of COVID-19.

"There are exemptions that will allow people to continue to travel for work, to deliver freight, attend medical appointments and compassionate grounds.

"Whilst tradesmen and workers within industry, in particular the construction industry, are exempt from the new intrastate travel restrictions, they must remain vigilant with social distancing practices and hygiene on site.

"I thank all Western Australians for their cooperation on this important matter."

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