WA COVID update: Masks to be worn at all Australia Day public events

Phil HickeyThe West Australian
Masks will have to be worn at all Australia Day events.
Camera IconMasks will have to be worn at all Australia Day events. Credit: The West Australian

West Australians celebrating Australia Day next week will be made to mask up at all indoor and outdoor events.

Premier Mark McGowan made the announcement on Friday in a bid to tackle Perth’s growing COVID cases.

In an effort to tackle the fresh outbreak, the government has imposed new rules for Australia Day events, requiring masks to be worn both inside and outside for all public events.

The restrictions will apply in Perth, Peel, and the Southwest.

“This is a safe and smart precaution to help minimise the risk,” the Premier said on Friday.

It comes as Western Australia recorded seven new COVID-19 cases overnight, including four mystery cases.

Three of the local cases are contacts of previously reported cases, all of whom were infectious in the community.

The remaining four cases have no known links to either the Omicron-driven Cockburn cluster or the Delta cluster associated with a French backpacker. Three of the four are close household contacts.

Earlier this week the City of Perth maintained the Skyworks show remained “all systems go.”

Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the annual Australia Day fireworks spectacular remained on course despite a growing Omicron outbreak in Perth’s southern suburbs — but revealed 80 “COVID marshals” would be randomly requesting proof of vaccination from those in attendance.

Mask wearing was already going to be required at the event where it is not physically possible to socially distance.

QR codes will also be scattered across the city, foreshores and Kings Park to enable those in attendance to check-in.

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