It’ll be the loveliest Valentines a politician could give you: Mark McGowan has announced that from midnight Saturday night / Sunday morning, Perth will return to pre-lockdown life.
This means transitional restrictions will end as promised, with a sense of normality to return to the Perth and Peel regions.
Contact registers for potential tracing will still be manditory for businesses and nightlife venues – which means we’ll have to fill in those check-in forms still, or scan using the government contact tracing QR code.
There will be no requirement to continue wearing masks, and the best bit: no restriction on travel within WA.
On an interstate note, the Controlled Interstate Border for New South Wales and Victoria will be looked at again by Premier Mark McGowan. So far, a hard border rule with Victoria may be re-instated for 72 hours, pending a review.
Of course all of this is pending, assuming there are no new local cases. Given Perth’s past luck in the scheme of things, we’re pretty confident it’s going to be a free-moving from Valentine’s Day onward.
Antonino Tati & Lisa Andrews