WA reinstates hard border with Tasmania, NT from Boxing Day

In response to surging COVID-19 cases around the country, WA Premier Mark McGowan said the state will reinstate a hard border with the Northern Territory and Tasmania. Mr McGowan said he's announcing the border changes now to give residents time to apply for a G2G pass and get back. From midnight on Boxing Day, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will be deemed as 'medium risk', joining Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. LIVE UPDATES: Mass vaccination hubs to ramp back up for boosters Mr McGowan said it gives the state a chance to watch and see what happens to the rest of the country as Omicron spreads. "As of Boxing Day we will essentially have a hard border with the whole of Australia," Mr McGowan said. "There will be very few people seeking to come in." Mr McGowan said it would "take an emergency" for WA to extend the border measures beyond its planned opening date of February 5. He branded the situation in other states as an "escalatin..

In response to surging COVID-19 cases around the country, WA Premier Mark McGowan said the state will reinstate a hard border with the Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Mr McGowan said he's announcing the border changes now to give residents time to apply for a G2G pass and get back.

From midnight on Boxing Day, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will be deemed as 'medium risk', joining Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

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Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan announces new COVID-19 restrictions.

Mr McGowan said it gives the state a chance to watch and see what happens to the rest of the country as Omicron spreads.

"As of Boxing Day we will essentially have a hard border with the whole of Australia," Mr McGowan said.

"There will be very few people seeking to come in."

Mr McGowan said it would "take an emergency" for WA to extend the border measures beyond its planned opening date of February 5.

He branded the situation in other states as an "escalating crisis".

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Mandatory boosters

It comes as third COVID-19 vaccines are being made mandatory in any workplace and profession already covered by the existing jab mandate, Mr McGowan said.

"So aged-care workforce, health workforce, quarantine workforce, mining," he said.

"The third dose will become mandatory for all those people."

Residents have a month after becoming eligible to get the booster vaccine.

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New cases

The state recorded four new COVID-19 cases.

Two of these infections were seen in return travellers in hotel quarantine from different locations in Africa.

Two other cases were seen in a couple from Queensland and are in self-quarantine.

Contract tracing is now underway.

Mr McGowan has said "this is no time for complacency" and urged residents to monitor for symptoms and get tested if needed.

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