Western Australia (WA), which refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19, has been denied access to most public places due to strict new regulations.
Starting Monday, all hospitality facilities, including restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and fast food restaurants for restaurants, will require double vaccination proof.
It is also required for visitors to public and private hospitals and senior citizens’ homes, play centers, casinos, cinemas, gyms, fitness centers, zoos, crown casinos, amusement parks and even indoor entertainment venues such as bottle shops.
This requirement applies to non-exempt persons over the age of 16 and is enforced state-wide.
Teachers and other educational staff also need to be vaccinated twice to work at school when the children return to the classroom on Monday.
The overnight changes reduced the difference between the second and third vaccine doses to three months.
Western Australia is the last jurisdiction to reduce waiting periods, and Prime Minister Mark McGowan believes it is due to capacity issues at the state-owned vaccine clinic.
The prime minister cites the need to improve WA’s booster rate (currently 34%) as the main reason for delaying the reopening of the border.
Western Australians remain in the dark about when borders will open or when new close liaison rules will come into force.
In WA’s revised definition, close contacts include family members, intimate partners, or those who have had a 15-minute face-to-face contact with the mask off or spent two hours in an infectious room. It will be.
The new definition will only take effect if the community records a “high daily case load”.
At that point, positive cases and their close contact should be isolated for only 7 days instead of 14 days, unless symptoms remain.
McGowan did not provide a “high number of cases” threshold. He said the existing definition remains the same for now, despite the increasing number of cases of Omicron.
Lack of certainty has been criticized by companies and opposition leader Mia Davies, who accused the prime minister of inciting fear and anxiety in the community.