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COVID-19: Update for Local Government
13 April 2022

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Further Easing of Public Health and Social Measures
The Premier has announced the further easing of public health and social measures from 12:01 Thursday, 14 April.  
From tomorrow the following changes will be in place:
  • a household contact will now be defined as:
    • a household-type contact or intimate partner of a COVID-19 case that has had contact with them during their infectious period
    • someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infection period where they spent 4 hours of cumulative contact with them in a residential setting where masks have been removed by both people for all of this period
    • someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact
  • removal of the 500 person capacity limit for all hospitality venues and function centres
  • no gathering limits for home and private outdoor venues
  • SafeWA check-in will only be required for hospitals, however proof of vaccination requirements remain, and
  • travellers to WA will no longer be required to do a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on arrival, but will be provided with a free RAT and encouraged to test.
People in isolation who are not a household close contact under the new definition can leave isolation from 12:01 tomorrow.

WALGA will provide a further update when the Directions to give effect to these changes are released. 
Further information on the changes can be viewed here.
Fair Work Commission Guidance on Vaccination Workers Compensation Claims
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has released guidance on common vaccination-related issues.
The FWC has been receiving many claims from employees regarding vaccination mandates and policies and has compiled useful guidance on the outcome of vaccination-related claims, which can be viewed here
COVID-19 and Mental Health
LGIS’ Autumn edition of Risk Matters contains articles on how the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 can impact on the mental health of workers and COVID-19 related workers' compensation.
Articles include advice on coping strategies and options for workers and information on the current legal situation on COVID-19 and workers' compensation by Mark Civitella, Partner at Mills Oakley.  
These articles can be viewed on the LGIS website here
Webinar: COVID-19 and Long COVID
WA Primary Health Alliance is partnering with Department of Health to deliver a webinar focusing on the emerging picture for COVID-19 and Long COVID.
The key speaker is Professor Jeremy Nicholson, Emeritus Professor of Biological Chemistry at Imperial College London (2018-2025) and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at Murdoch University.

Date:  Friday, 6 May
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
To register for the webinar, click here.
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