‘Imperfect’ messaging confuses regions during Perth and Peel lockdown

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Health Minister Roger Cook. Pictured during a press conference at Dumas House regarding an update on Cyclone Seroja and COVID-19. 12 APRIL 2021
Camera IconHealth Minister Roger Cook. Pictured during a press conference at Dumas House regarding an update on Cyclone Seroja and COVID-19. 12 APRIL 2021 Credit: Danella Bevis The West Australian

People who were in Perth or Peel on or after April 17 must stay at home — including those now in the Mid West — said the Health Minister today in a confusing clarification of lockdown measures.

Yesterday, Premier Mark McGowan said the cohort was required to wear masks if out in public.

However, today Minister Roger Cook said city residents who travelled outside of Perth for ANZAC day should not leave their accommodation unless essential, leading to confusion around who was required to follow the lockdown measures.

“We just want to clarify to everyone that even if you left the Perth and Peel region last night, you are subject to the directions. You have to wear a mask in public and you should only be in public for essential purposes,” said Mr Cook.

Later that day, Premier Mark McGowan posted on Facebook with further information, saying anybody who was in Perth or Peel anytime from Saturday, April 17 was required to stay at home and wear a mask — even if they were now in other parts of the State.

“Things aren’t perfect,” said the Health Minister at the late afternoon press conference.

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