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COVID-19: Update for Local Government
21 January 2022

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Masks to be worn at Australia Day Events 
The Premier has announced that masks will be required at all indoor and outdoor Australia Day events in Perth, Peel and the South West.
The announcement came amid concerns regarding community transition of Omicron in Western Australia, with a range of public events being planned, including Skyworks. Masks will be required inside and outside for these public events. 
The COVID Restrictions (Gatherings and Related Measure) Directions change frequently and can be viewed here.
New Transition Plan for WA
On Thursday 20 January 2022, the Premier announced that WA’s borders will not reopen as planned on 5 February 2022.
The Premier indicated that there would be new hard border settings, where approved travellers are permitted to enter WA, or leave WA and return, with testing and quarantine requirements. The list of approved traveller exemption criteria has expanded to include:
  • Returning Western Australians, with strong recent connections or direct legitimate family connections with WA
  • Compassionate grounds including funeral, palliative care or terminally ill visitation
  • Urgent and essential medical treatment 
  • Member of the family of an approved traveller
  • Specialist skills not available in WA
  • Commonwealth and State officials, Members of Parliament, Diplomat
  • People required to attend court matters, judicial officers and staff of court, tribunals and commissions
  • Special considerations and extraordinary circumstances determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or Chief Health Officer.
The updated Safe Transition Plan can be viewed here.
Preparing for Omicron – WALGA Sector Briefing Webinar
300 representatives from Local Governments across the State heard from the State Incident Controller, LGIS and WALGA on the key issues and steps to prepare for Omicron at today’s WALGA Sector Briefing Webinar.
Presenters included Dr Tudor Codreanu, State COVID-19 Incident Controller, Dr Revle Bangor-Jones,  Department of Health, and Emma Horsefield and Ben Galvin from LGIS. Dr Codreanu and Dr Bangor-Jones outlined the current situation with Omicron and considerations for Local Government. Emma and Ben provided an outline of specific considerations for Local Governments in relation to business continuity planning and work health and safety. All unanswered questions will be addressed by WALGA and communicated to the sector.
The webinar recording is available to watch here.
WALGA Resources to Assist Local Government
Additional WALGA resources have been developed to assist Local Governments in their COVID-19 planning, based on guidance from Safe Work Australia, including:
  • An internal assessment template which can be used by managers/supervisors when assessing their teams
  • A key considerations template.
These documents can be downloaded hereWALGA Employee Relations subscribers can also access FAQs about mandatory vaccinations and template letters and checklists by logging into the WALGA website and reviewing the subscriber COVID-19 resources here.
If you have any questions, please contact WALGA Employee Relations, or call 1300 366 956.
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