Thousands of unvaccinated Western Australians will be banned from even using bottle shop drive-throughs when strict new proof-of-vaccination rules come into force at the end of January.
Premier Mark McGowan on Thursday announced unjabbed adults would be banned from dining at cafes, pubs and restaurants in the state from January 31.
He added WA would soon redefine the term ‘fully vaccinated’ to include the Covid booster jab, meaning the third shot would be essentially compulsory in WA.
Mr McGowan said the rules could be in place ‘for years’ to stop the unvaccinated from mixing with WA’s fully-immunised residents.
The premier said he would also be banning those who had not received both Covid vaccine doses from bottle shops to ‘incentivise’ them to roll up their sleeves.
Unvaccinated Western Australians will be banned from even using bottle shop drive-throughs when strict new proof-of-vaccination rules come into place (file image)
The unvaccinated would be banned from using bottle shop drive-throughs too, he said, as part of ‘the broadest proof of vaccination requirements in the nation’.
They’ll also be banned from visiting loved ones in hospital or taking their kid to a play centre.
Speaking on Thursday night, Mr McGowan warned ‘life will change significantly’ for the unvaccinated, who need to be ‘protected from themselves’.
The premier later confirmed the unvaccinated would be barred from museums, Perth Zoo, gyms, and the entire Crown Casino complex.
Premier Mark McGowan will introduce a number of controversial restrictions for the unvaccinated from January 31 in Western Australia
Premier McGowan told reporters ‘life will change significantly’ for the unvaccinated, who need to be ‘protected from themselves’ (pictured, patrons at a bar in Perth)
From January 31, proof of vaccination will be required to visit public and private hospitals, aged care facilities, all hospitality venues including restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, clubs, nightclubs, and dine-in fast food.
Mr McGowan also had a message for those who are unvaccinated in his state – get jabbed now.
‘We know that those in hospitals around the country are mainly unvaccinated people,’ he said.
‘If you don’t get vaccinated, the message is clear – we will not let you put others at risk.’
Almost 95 per cent of Western Australian residents have had one dose of the Covid vaccine, while 87 per cent have had both doses.
From January 31, proof of Covid vaccinations will be required at the likes cafes, (pictured) pubs, restaurants, the casino and the zoo
The bombshell update from the premier comes after WA recorded two new local Covid-19 cases and 14 travel-related cases overnight.
One of the cases is linked to a security guard from the luxury Hyatt Regency quarantine hotel who was infected with the Omicron variant by a returned traveller.
The second case is a household contact of a previously announced infection from a returned interstate traveller.
Both of the new cases were already in quarantine and are not considered a danger to the community.
Meanwhile, the rest of Australia is starting to open up after nearly two years of lockdowns, not to mention being shut off from the rest of the world.
New restrictions for the unvaccinated in Western Australia from January 31:
- Unvaccinated West Australians will soon be barred from a huge number of locations, including hospitals, gyms, cafes, play centres and bottle shops
- Premier Mark McGowan stated the restrictions could be in place ‘for years’
- Unvaccinated will also be banned from museums, pubs, nightclubs, the zoo and the entire Crown Casino complex
- Changes will be implemented from January 31, with Mr McGowan also having a message for those who have avoided getting jabbed – ‘do so now’
Meanwhile, WA has also taken another drastic move by banning anyone from any state and territory coming into his state, dubbing the rest of the nation an ‘extreme Covid risk’.
Even visits to see dying family members are not allowed.
On Wednesday, Mr McGowan raised the Northern Territory to ‘extreme risk’, the highest level of Covid warning that bans all arrivals even for compassionate reasons.
The NT was the only state or territory not yet set to extreme, being only ‘high risk’ before, meaning the entire country is now banned except for a few exceptions.
An increase in cases in the NT prompted a tightening of border restrictions after the territory recorded 594 infections on Monday.
Western Australia has now deemed all states and territories as an ‘extreme risk’ shutting out all of the country (pictured, a map indication WAs Covid-19 classification requirements)
The new rules came into effect at 12.01am on Thursday, with only government officials, defence force personnel and diplomats allowed to travel into the state.
An exemption for travel could be granted under ‘specialist or extraordinary circumstances’ if approved by the state’s police commissioner or chief health officer.
Travellers with an exemption must be vaccinated and complete 14 days of quarantine in a state-run facility at their own expense.
An additional two days of quarantine will be required at a ‘suitable premises’ with Covid testing conducted within 24 hours of arrival and on days five and 13 of isolation.