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Western Australia will be the last state to reopen, when it swings its borders open on February 5 – but one thing could throw that into jeopardy.

Western Australia will reopen in a matter of weeks, as the state prepares to drop its borders and welcome back the rest of the country.

Premier Mark McGowan announced the state’s roadmap to reopening earlier this month, setting February 5 as the day WA would finally get rid of its hard border.

February 5 is the date WA predicts 90 per cent of its population over the age of 12 will be double vaccinated.

The state has had the harshest border rules since the Covid pandemic hit Australia in March last year, with strict caps on arrivals and hotel quarantine still in place for some.

But even with Western Australia pushing towards a February 5 reopening, Mr McGowan admitted there was one caveat in the state’s reopening.

The premier promised the state would stick to its date, unless an “unforeseen emergency or catastrophe” occurred in the six weeks leading up to February 5.

Western Australia has been carefully watching the Omicron situation across the rest of the country, with cases spiking in the east and NSW today reporting its worst day in the history of the pandemic, with 3057 cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

Western Australia and NSW have repeatedly butted heads throughout the pandemic with both states taking vastly different approaches to dealing with the pandemic.

Announcing a massive budget surplus last week, Mr McGowan reignited his bitter feud with the eastern state, declaring “the government in NSW failed” during the pandemic.

“They don’t like to hear it and the commentators in NSW don’t like to hear it, but they did,” he said.

Mr McGowan also blamed NSW for infecting not only the rest of the country, but New Zealand also.

“They were out there saying gold standard contact tracing would solve the problem. Well it didn’t. Then they paid the price, and the rest of the country paid the price as well,” he said.

“They infected Victoria twice, they infected New Zealand. They did it to us, but we did what had to be done in late June and we got rid of the virus here, which of course no one over there acknowledges or remembers.”

Mr McGowan last week announced the state had achieved its target for 80 per cent of adults aged over 12 years old to be fully vaccinated with two doses and set a date for the border reopening.

He said the state’s border would reopen from 12.01am, on Saturday, February 5 and that this date was “locked in” to give Western Australians and local businesses certainty.

“We begin a new phase of Covid-19 management in WA,” he said.

Interstate arrivals will still need to fill out a G2G Pass, they must also be double dosed and will have to provide a negative test result within 72 hours of their arrival.

If their trip is for more than six days, they must also have a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival in WA.

International arrivals will also need to be fully vaccinated and tested.

Mr McGowan said news of the reopening would be a “cause of relief or even celebration” for some but would concern great concern for others.

“After the 5th of February, cases will begin to appear in the community, that is inevitable but it will not be a cause for panic — it will be a reminder to do the right thing,” he said.

“We’re in this together and we will get through this together. I know the community will keep doing the right thing.”

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Western Australia will be the last state to reopen, when it swings its borders open on February 5 – but one thing could throw that into jeopardy.

Western Australia will reopen in a matter of weeks, as the state prepares to drop its borders and welcome back the rest of the country.

Premier Mark McGowan announced the state’s roadmap to reopening earlier this month, setting February 5 as the day WA would finally get rid of its hard border.

February 5 is the date WA predicts 90 per cent of its population over the age of 12 will be double vaccinated.

The state has had the harshest border rules since the Covid pandemic hit Australia in March last year, with strict caps on arrivals and hotel quarantine still in place for some.

But even with Western Australia pushing towards a February 5 reopening, Mr McGowan admitted there was one caveat in the state’s reopening.

The premier promised the state would stick to its date, unless an “unforeseen emergency or catastrophe” occurred in the six weeks leading up to February 5.

Western Australia has been carefully watching the Omicron situation across the rest of the country, with cases spiking in the east and NSW today reporting its worst day in the history of the pandemic, with 3057 cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

Western Australia and NSW have repeatedly butted heads throughout the pandemic with both states taking vastly different approaches to dealing with the pandemic.

Announcing a massive budget surplus last week, Mr McGowan reignited his bitter feud with the eastern state, declaring “the government in NSW failed” during the pandemic.

“They don’t like to hear it and the commentators in NSW don’t like to hear it, but they did,” he said.

Mr McGowan also blamed NSW for infecting not only the rest of the country, but New Zealand also.

“They were out there saying gold standard contact tracing would solve the problem. Well it didn’t. Then they paid the price, and the rest of the country paid the price as well,” he said.

“They infected Victoria twice, they infected New Zealand. They did it to us, but we did what had to be done in late June and we got rid of the virus here, which of course no one over there acknowledges or remembers.”

Mr McGowan last week announced the state had achieved its target for 80 per cent of adults aged over 12 years old to be fully vaccinated with two doses and set a date for the border reopening.

He said the state’s border would reopen from 12.01am, on Saturday, February 5 and that this date was “locked in” to give Western Australians and local businesses certainty.

“We begin a new phase of Covid-19 management in WA,” he said.

Interstate arrivals will still need to fill out a G2G Pass, they must also be double dosed and will have to provide a negative test result within 72 hours of their arrival.

If their trip is for more than six days, they must also have a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival in WA.

International arrivals will also need to be fully vaccinated and tested.

Mr McGowan said news of the reopening would be a “cause of relief or even celebration” for some but would concern great concern for others.

“After the 5th of February, cases will begin to appear in the community, that is inevitable but it will not be a cause for panic — it will be a reminder to do the right thing,” he said.

“We’re in this together and we will get through this together. I know the community will keep doing the right thing.”

Read related topics:Perth

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