What WA’s ‘extreme risk’ border declaration means for NSW

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has announced that as of next Thursday, New South Wales will become the first jurisdiction in Australia to be classified as "extreme risk".

Western Australia introduced the new COVID-19 border category last Friday.

"We had hoped to not have to use it for some time," Mr McGowan said today.

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A state or territory is classified as an "extreme risk" if it averages more than 500 coronavirus cases a day.

Under the rules of the "extreme risk" border closures, travel exemptions into WA from that jurisdiction are restricted to "Commonwealth, State and specialist functions only".

They will have to undergo 14 days in hotel quarantine, and be tested for COVID-19 on days one, five and 12.

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Mr McGowan warned Western Australians who were still in NSW that the "window was closing".

NSW will enter the new category of border restrictions at 12.01am on August 26.

WA residents looking to return home before then will need to have had at least one vaccination, if eligible, and return a negative COVID-19 test.

More information is available on the WA government's controlled border website.

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