WA goes it alone on mask and vaccination restrictions as other states relax the rules


Western Australia is standing firm over its strict proof of vaccination and mask-wearing requirements despite Victoria and NSW both relaxing their restrictions.

Victoria and NSW are ditching quarantine for close contacts from Friday. Victoria, has also abandoned proof of vaccination status to enter hospitality or entertainment venues, and check-in QR codes.

Mask requirements are also a thing of the past across most sectors in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

WA’s Deputy Premier Roger Cook said the state “won’t be hasty about this”.

“I think people should anticipate over the next weeks and months we’ll continue to see winding back of restrictions,” he said.

“We won’t simply be putting things in place that will unnecessarily threaten the safety of Western Australians.

“We’ll take careful advice from the chief health officer and make the appropriate calls at the appropriate time.”