Quarantine-free travel from South Australia to WA will likely start on Christmas Day, Mark McGowan has announced.
WA’s Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson advised the Premier that SA would not reach 28 days with no community cases – the trigger to be a very low risk State – until December 24.
Mr McGowan said anyone who arrives from SA before Christmas Day would be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
This means that any SA travellers who arrive in WA on Christmas Eve will be stuck in self-quarantine until January 7.
SA has already gone 12 days with no community cases and currently has no active coronavirus infections.
SA’s Premier Steven Marshall has called on Mr McGowan to consider opening the WA border to allow families to reunite in time for Christmas.
It comes as Mr McGowan defended his decision not to fly to Canberra to attend the first in-person National Cabinet meeting to avoid being in the same room as Mr Marshall.
Mr McGowan said he was complying with health advice which would have required he self quarantine for 14 days on his return to WA.