WA and COVID-19

Perth and Peel four-day lockdown – 29 June

Perth and Peel will enter a minimum four-day lockdown from 12.01am, Tuesday 29 June 2021 until 12.01am, Saturday 3 July 2021.

You are required to stay home unless you need to:

  • work because it's not possible to work from home. Refer to the list of essential workers.
  • shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies, including click and collect, within 5km from your home or closest practicable location
  • attend to medical or health care needs including emergencies, compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable;
  • exercise with a maximum of two adults from the same household (children under 18 years are not counted), limited to one hour per day within a 5km radius from home, and masks must be worn, except for vigorous exercise.
  • receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • leave due to an emergency (e.g. emergencies, fleeing domestic violence).

Essential Workers:

In regards to allied health, any provider of the following allied health services may attend work in person:

  • allied health services provided by allied health professionals working as essential workers in hospitals or in residential care facilities providing critical clinical care or as directed by the hospital; or
  • allied health services provided by allied health professionals working in private practice providing care through telehealth and other virtual care options; or
  • students, medical/nursing/midwifery/allied health on placement providing essential care in hospitals or in residential care facilities, or through telehealth;
  • the conduct of human medical research trials.

The following mental health services:

  • hospital emergency or inpatient psychiatric services; or
  • allied health professionals providing mental health services in hospital; or
  • private consultant psychiatry practice by telehealth or by face-to-face (but only in the instance of emergency clinical care for potentially life-threatening situations where telehealth is not clinically appropriate); or
  • allied health professionals providing mental health services in community settings by telehealth or by face-to-face (but only in the instance of emergency clinical care for potentially life-threatening situations where telehealth is not clinically appropriate); testing or vaccinating for COVID-19.

Masks

  • Masks are mandatory:
    • indoors
    • outdoor public areas (except for vigorous exercise); and
    • on public transport.
  • Mask-wearing mandatory except for primary school students and those who are exempt.
  • Anyone who has travelled outside of the Perth and Peel regions since Sunday, 27 June must continue to wear face masks in public, as per the existing directions.

Restrictions eased for Perth, Peel, and Rottnest

From 12.01 am Tuesday 27 April the following measures will be in place for Perth, Peel, and Rottnest.

Masks

  • Masks must be worn at all times outside of your home unless there is an exception.
  • If you have been in Perth or Peel since 17 April and now in another region, you must wear a mask in public.

Exceptions to wearing a mask include:

  • the person is communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication;
  • the person is at the time attending school as a student in Year 6 or below;
  • the nature of a person's occupation means that·wearing a face covering is impractical to perform that occupation or creates a risk to their health and safety;
  • the person needs to temporarily remove their mask so as to enable another person to appropriately perform their occupation;
  • the nature of a person's work or the activity that they are engaging in means that clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential.

More details can be found in Safe-transition-for Western-Australia-Directions-No2.

Work

  • You can return to work, however those who can work from home or require support are encouraged to continue doing so
  • Wear a mask at work, on public transport and when travelling in a private vehicle with people you do not reside with
  • If you are unwell, stay home.

Hospitals, aged care and elective surgery

  • No visitors to aged and disability care facilities and hospitals, except for compassionate reasons and advocacy.

Education

  • Schools, childcare centres and TAFEs are open
  • Mask wearing requirements apply for all school staff and secondary students, but not primary school students or staff when teaching
  • Universities open for online learning only.

Travel

Regional travel restrictions will be removed, but restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities remain in place.

More information can be found on the WA Government website.

Snap 3-day lockdown Perth metro area and Peel region - NEW

The Western Australian Government has announced a lockdown for Perth and Peel regions from midnight 21 April for three (3) days. 
For more information visit the Western Australia Government website.

Transition out of lockdown from 6 pm, Friday 5 February

Pending no further local cases, the five-day lockdown for the Perth, Peel and South West regions will end as planned. Learn more about the Transition out of lockdown from 6 pm, Friday 5 February.

Further clarification on health services is being sought, but it appears that Allied Health, including speech pathologists, can return to work, as long as masks and capacity rules are followed.

From 6 pm, Friday 5 February the following will come into effect:

  • Perth and Peel will enter into a post-lockdown transition period until 12.01am, Sunday 14 February. This allows the full 14-day incubation period to run its course.
  • South West will return straight to pre-lockdown conditions.
  • The post-lockdown transition period for Perth and Peel includes:
    • Wearing a mask when in public and while at work, unless exempt or for vigorous outdoor exercise
    • All businesses can reopen, except for the casino and nightclubs
    • 4 square metre capacity rule in place for businesses and venues, up to a maximum of 150
    • 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings
    • Visits to aged care and disability care facilities restricted to compassionate grounds
    • Only essential travel permitted in and out of the Perth and Peel regions to other parts of WA.
    • Elective surgery at WA public hospitals will resume once the lockdown has ended, and people will be contacted directly to reschedule and rebook their appointments.

View Transition Restricts for Peel and Perth .

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Information for members providing services in Perth metro and the Peel and South West regions – 1 February 2021

From 6:00 pm on 31 January 2021 until 6:00 pm on 5 February 2021 all persons who live in Perth metro and the Peel and South West regions must remain in their home other than for one or more of the following reasons:

  • to obtain or access essential goods or services;
  • for care or other compassionate reasons;
  • to perform duties as an essential worker or to transport an essential worker in a private vehicle to their place of work;
  • to exercise;
  • in an emergency;
  • to take preparatory steps to move to another suitable premises when the fire risk rating is 'severe' or higher;
  • to comply with a legal requirement (e.g. to attend a police station or court);
  • to leave Western Australia if the person is permitted to do so.

For more details view WA Stay at Home and Closure website and The EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACT 2005 (WA) Sections 61, 67, 71 and 72A STAY AT HOME AND CLOSURE (PERTH, PEEL AND THE SOUTH WEST REGIONS) DIRECTION.

This document provides definition of an “essential service” – allied health, see point (29) on page 8.

It notes: the following about allied health services......

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  1. allied health services provided by allied health professionals working as essential workers in hospitals or in residential care facilities providing critical clinical care or as directed by the hospital; or
  2. allied health services provided by allied health professionals working in private practice providing care through telehealth and other virtual care options; or
  3. students, medical/nursing/midwifery/allied health on placement providing essential care in hospitals or in residential care facilities, or through telehealth;"

and

"allied health professionals providing mental health services in community settings by telehealth or by face-to-face (but only in the instance of emergency clinical care for potentially life-threatening situations where telehealth is not clinically appropriate)."

Members seeking guidance about delivering supports via telepractice can see the Association's Telepractice Resources.