WA government freezes household fees in the wake of COVID-19
THE state government has announced a $607 million economic stimulus package, including freezing household fees and charges in the wake of COVID-19.
It declared a state of emergency on Sunday, warning those who arrive from overseas and breach the 14-day self-isolation ban face the nation’s toughest penalties with fines up to $50,000.
Premier Mark McGowan urged people to report anyone defying the ban.
The $607 million package includes a freeze on household fees and charges until at least July 1, 2021, a doubling of the Energy Assistance Payment to $600 and a number of measures to support small business.
“If people are aware of others who are flouting these rules, in the interest of community safety, I’d ask them to report those people to the police, to the health department,” Mr McGowan told ABC radio.
“Public health officers, with the assistance of police, will be able to enforce it.”
He said authorities had a list of names from airlines “so there is the opportunity to follow this up”.
All jury trials were postponed until Tuesday.
The Supreme Court of WA remains open to the public, but it urged anyone other than legal practitioners, involved parties, witnesses and media not to attend.
WA schools implement COVID-19 measures
WEST Australian schools will introduce new precautionary measures, including cancelling assemblies and staggering recess and lunch breaks, to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
School principals were advised to put distancing measures in place, and ensure students or staff returning from overseas abide by the 14-day self-isolation rules from Monday.
The move came a day after the WA government declared a public health emergency and a state of emergency to try and slow the spread of the virus.
School events with more than 500 people including sports carnivals, concerts, exhibitions, and fairs will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.
Principals have also been advised not to hold full school assemblies and to stagger recess and lunch breaks at schools with more than 500 students.
Education Department Director-General Lisa Rodgers said schools will remain open unless otherwise authorised by the chief health officer.
“It’s important we all work towards managing the impact and reducing the exposure of COVID-19 which is why these considered actions are being taken,” Ms Rodgers said.
“These decisions have been made with the best interests of staff and students in mind.
“This is the situation as it stands based on current advice and we will continue to keep schools informed.”