WA and NT Covid lockdown restrictions and South Australia coronavirus rules: new update for Perth, Peel, Darwin and Adelaide

The West Australian premier, Mark McGowan, has announced a four-day lockdown in Perth and the Peel region designed to contain the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19, after three cases of community transmission were reported.

The Northern Territory has announced a 72-hour lockdown for Darwin until Friday 2 July, 1pm, and South Australia has re-introduced some restrictions as a result of concern over new Covid-19 cases.

The new set of interim restrictions in Perth and the Peel region will operate between Tuesday 29 June and Saturday 1 May.

When can I leave my house?

In the Perth and Peel region, you can only leave your house for the following reasons:

  • For work, if they cannot work from home or remotely.

  • Purchasing food, groceries, medicines and necessary supplies.

  • Attending medical or healthcare needs, including Covid-19 vaccination and looking after the vulnerable.

  • Exercise with a maximum of two adults from the same household, for one hour per day, within 5km of home. Masks must be worn except for vigorous exercise.

In Darwin, people are only permitted to leave home for five reasons. Masks must be worn at all times when leaving home:

  • Medical care or attend medical appointments. Including to get the Covid vaccine

  • Essential shopping and for necessary goods and services.

  • Exercise for up to one hour a day within 5km of your home and only with members of your household or one other person.

  • To undertake essential work, if you cannot work from home.

  • In case of an emergency or if there is family violence or to provide essential care to a loved one or dependent.

How far can I travel from home?

People in the Perth and Peel region cannot leave the area during the lockdown. If your home is in the affected area, you may leave your home to exercise for up to one hour per day. You must stick to a 5km radius of your home, and you must stay within the affected area.

Similarly in Darwin, exercise is limited to a 5km radius from home.

Can I have people in my home?

In both Perth and Darwin, you cannot have visitors in your home unless it is for essential services, critical maintenance, caregiving and compassionate reasons or in an emergency.

What are the rules for exercise?

You can exercise for one hour a day, within a 5km radius of your home. You can exercise with two adults from the same household. You must wear a mask while exercising, unless it is vigorous exercise.

What are the rules for wearing face masks?

People must wear a mask at all times, except in their own home or while doing vigorous exercise.

If you have been in the Perth or Peel region since 27 June, you will need to wear your mask anywhere in Western Australia.

Can I dine in at a restaurant or cafe?

Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars are only allowed to provide takeaway service.

Are the shops open?

Retail is only permitted for essential health services, and essential goods such as supermarkets, pharmacies, hardware and petrol.

Will sporting matches still go ahead?

Community sport in Perth will not go ahead.

NT has not advised about sport rules in Darwin.

What about weddings, funerals and religious services?

In Perth, religious services will not go ahead. Weddings are restricted to five people, and are only allowed for compassionate reasons. Funerals are restricted to 10 people.

The NT government has not listed specific rules for weddings and funerals in Darwin.

Can I visit hospitals or aged or disability care centres?

In Perth, no visitors to residential aged care or disability facilities except for exceptional circumstances such as essential care, compassionate reasons, end of life and advocacy.

No visitors will be allowed into hospitals except for compassionate reasons, end of life, accompanying a child, supporting a partner giving birth.

Category 2 and 3 elective surgeries will be postponed until Friday, July 9.

Visitors to aged care facilities in Darwin are restricted to exceptional circumstances similarly.

Are schools open?

Schools, boarding schools and childcare centres in the Perth and Peel regions will remain open except for the three schools that have been directly impacted as they are a listed exposure site. Mask wearing rules apply.

Universities, Tafes and training colleges will be closed unless for critical activities.

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NT is in school holidays, so in Darwin, schools and vacation care will be closed except for the children of essential workers. Childcare centres will open only for the children of essential workers.

What are the rules in South Australia?

As of 12.01am Tuesday 29 June, South Australia has introduced new restrictions for at least one week.

Masks will be mandatory in aged care homes, hospitals, personal care settings, and indoor entertainment venues. They will also be strongly recommended on public transport.

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Private gatherings are capped at 150 people, including weddings and funerals.

Indoor venues will have their capacities reduced to one person per two square metres. Buffets are not allowed for the next week, and singing is also banned.

Food and drink venues will go back to seated service only.

  • Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.


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