The government of Western Australia has put a four-day COVID lockdown into place for Perth and Peel, and has instructed the region’s fly-in fly-out (FIFO) mining workforce to remain in their current locations, be it the mine site or at home.

coronavirusPremier Mark McGowan said the “minimum” lockdown period began at 12:01 a.m. 29 June and will continue until 12:01 a.m. 3 July. Travel from Perth and Peel to other locations is not permitted except for essential purposes.

Government officials said masks will be required both indoors and outdoors, and anyone who may have been exposed should quarantine immediately.

McGowan’s office confirmed a case on 28 June in Perth’s northern suburbs. With the added complexity of the Delta strain of COVID-19, he said the lockdown was necessary. 

“Escalating to an immediate lockdown will help us break the circuit and give contact tracers an opportunity to track and trace so we can get on top of this situation sooner,” he said. 

“Western Australia, you have done it before, you have listened to the health advice and come together to keep each other safe, and to keep our state strong. Now it’s time to do it again.”


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