COVID WA: Mark McGowan says restrictions ‘not far away’ after 20 new cases

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan will not rule out further restrictions in the state as it continues to see a rise in Covid cases.

Cases have risen steadily in WA in recent weeks, with authorities reporting 20 new infections on Sunday.

While preparations for a steep rise in cases are in place, Mr McGowan said he would not rule out further restrictions for “problematic” bars and nightclubs.

“That’s a situation we continue to monitor,” he said.

“The details of that are being worked out, obviously we do not need to put them in place yet but that point in time is probably not far away.”

Western Australia recorded 20 new infections on Sunday, with almost all linked to existing clusters.

Eight were linked to nightclub outbreaks in Perth, with a handful connected to the Library Nightclub and Club Bootylicious.

Indoor masks are currently mandatory and it’s expected vaccination requirements will come in from next week.

But no further restrictions have been announced yet.

“When the time comes, we’ll put in place further public health measures,” Mr McGowan said.

“You do not want to put them in before you need them, and you do not want them too late, it’s a delicate balance to get it right.

“If you put them in too early, you get people getting sick of them over time.”

Premier Mark McGowan Covid-19 Update Press Conference
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan said further restrictions were likely not far away. Matt Jelonek / West Australian. Credit: The West Australian

It comes after the state outlined a raft of new measures on Friday to come in once case loads inevitably peak.

Under the new settings, rules around casual contacts, close contacts and isolation requirements will change.

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