Chief health officer says WA could open border to most states

Western Australia’s chief health officer says the state could open its border to most states except Victoria and NSW.

Andy Robertson said the border arrangements of other states was the only thing potentially preventing interstate travel from a health point of view, given they had all gone more than 28 days without community transmission of COVID-19.

Dr Robertson, who faced a parliamentary committee hearing on Wednesday, later told reporters the issue was border hopping between the other states and territories.

“We’re generally satisfied with border arrangements. Many of them, in fact, duplicate ours,” he said.

Opposition spokesman Zac Kirkup said the Premier had been “caught out”.

“It’s been made abundantly clear that the border arrangements that are put in place in WA haven’t been based on the health advice,” he told reporters.

Premier Mark McGowan said other states could only dream of the freedoms enjoyed in WA.

“But obviously, if COVID comes back that may well change,” he told parliament.

Dr Robertson also indicated the state’s phase five loosening of restrictions, which are due to come into effect on October 25, may be delayed again.

Travellers to WA are currently required to meet special conditions and are also required to undertake mandatory quarantine.

Billionaire Clive Palmer has challenged WA’s border closure in court.

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