WA COVID-19 exposure sites built in the southwest as SA and QLD moved to ‘extreme risk’ border restrictions

There are fears that COVID-19 could spread to the south-west of western Australia after new exposure sites were released overnight.

It comes as the state announced it was tightening its hard border with Queensland and South Australia and reclassifying them as “extreme risk” states.

Three exhibit sites have been built in Bunbury, including a TransWA train, along with Preston Beach, which lies about halfway between Mandurah and Bunbury.

It’s the first time exposure sites have been announced in the regions after Perth’s COVID-19 outbreak was triggered by a French backpacker earlier this month.

Passengers aboard the B56 Australind train from Bunbury to Perth on Tuesday 28 December between 14.45 and 17.15 must be tested and isolated for 14 days.

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People who attended the Bunbury Passenger Terminal on Picton Road between 14.15 and 14.45 on the same day, must monitor for symptoms, as must anyone who visited Wyalup / Rocky Point Car Park in Bunbury at any time of the day on 26 December. and 27.

Preston Beach car park was an exposure place all day on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the second day of Christmas.

Extreme limit announced for SA, QLD

In addition to listing the new locations of exposure, the state government announced it was tightening its borders with South Australia and Queensland at 1 p.m. 18.00 Thursday.

These states will be reclassified as “extreme risk”, bringing them in line with New South Wales and Victoria.

Entry from these states will only be granted to some Commonwealth and state officials, members of parliament, diplomats, specialists or others in exceptional circumstances.

Anyone who meets these criteria must also be double-vaccinated, return a negative PCR test for COVID-19 and accept a 14-day hotel quarantine.

Tasmania, ACT and the Northern Territory are the only jurisdictions that are not classified as extreme risk.

The event industry details the cost of restrictions

It comes after WA’s event industry detailed the economic consequences of the extension of COVID restrictions in Perth until at least January 4, a move that shut down many events during the crucial New Year’s Eve period.

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Events Industry Association chairman Tim Kennedy said the restrictions had given the industry a blow of $ 26.5 million. (ABC News: Keane Bourke)

The Events Industry Association said more than 25 event organizers and 400 event providers had lost more than $ 26.5 million as a direct result of nearly 250 events being canceled.

Association president Tim Kennedy said 5,000 workers had lost crucial jobs across more than 25,000 shifts during the 12 days of “industry shutdown,” equivalent to about $ 7.5 million in wages and lost earnings.

Kennedy said the WA government needed to clarify how it would handle COVID-19 as the state prepared to reconnect with the world.

“The industry deserves better security in terms of how we handle COVID-19 policies,” he said.

“We need an improved contact tracking system if a handful of people can bring an entire industry to the ground in fourteen days by not answering their phones.”

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As of yesterday, 44 partygoers attending the Perth Mess Hall rave were still to be tested. (Source: Facebook / Perth Mess Hall)

The current restrictions were extended in part due to the inability of the authorities to track down a number of partygoers who attended a rave in Perth Mess Hall along with the backpacker at the center of the outbreak.

McGowan said yesterday that several of the people who participated in the rave and were still to be tested were unlikely to be located because they had given false or misleading information, claiming that some did not take their phones.

Sir. Kennedy said the industry would continue to work with the state government on what financial assistance could be provided to “address the significant economic and employment damage caused by this industry shutdown.”

“As an industry that is receptive to the immediate introduction of targeted measures, we need a clearer understanding of what the road ahead looks like,” he said.

“Then event organizers can decide if they want to try to plan the big events that make up a large part of our lifestyle and economic activity, which tourism, hospitality, retail, travel and so many other sectors benefit from.”

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