In a press conference today, Western Australia's premier, Mark McGowan, announced Perth and Peel's three-day lockdown will end at midnight tonight but it will be replaced by a staged easing of restrictions. Masks will remain mandatory, and there is a 20-person limit in all homes and private indoor and outdoor gatherings.
The first stage of restrictions will begin at 12.01am tomorrow, Tuesday April 27, until 12.01am Saturday.
"I can confirm that WA has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 overnight. This is a fantastic result. It shows an immediate lockdown has delivered the results that we needed. The short three-day lockdown has done the job it was designed to do. It was a circuit breaker we needed to limit community spread and keep our community healthy," says McGowan.
People in Perth and Peel will be free to leave their home but are encouraged to work from home if they can. All schools will resume but students and staff at secondary schools will be required to wear a mask; primary school students will not need to. You won't need to wear masks if you are exercising.
All hospitality, entertainment and retail venues can reopen, except for the casino, nightclubs and indoor fitness venues. The four-square-metre capacity rule will be in place. There will be no more standing – public venues such as pubs and restaurants will only be able to offer seated service.
People organising weddings and funerals can apply for an exemption to have 100 people in attendance as they did during the lockdown period. Community sport and training will only be allowed for players and officials.