New Zealanders will soon enjoy quarantine-free travel to Western Australia and if the state shuts again to jurisdictions it will slash the number of days of no community transmission needed to reopen.
Under changes announced on Friday, any jurisdiction that is deemed a “low risk” will move to a “very low risk” after 14 days of no community spread of COVID-19, rather than 28 days.
From midnight on April 19, Western Australia will also treat New Zealand like any other local jurisdiction and classify it as “very low risk”, which will effectively create a trans-Tasman travel bubble.
That means New Zealanders can undertake quarantine-free travel to Western Australia, but they will need to complete a G2G pass.
“This is an encouraging step forward,” Premier Mark McGowan told reporters on Friday.
Queensland will also transition to a “very low risk” state from April 19.
Meanwhile, Western Australia will allow major sport and entertainment venues with fixed seating to have 100 per cent capacity from midnight on Saturday.
Mr McGowan said that included Optus Stadium and RAC Arena, as well as theatres, cinemas and places of worship…