By Bryant Hevesi For Daily Mail Australia and Aap
Published: 06:06 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 06:06 BST, 2 May 2021
Perth and the Peel region have avoided another lockdown for now after no further locally acquired coronavirus cases were detected but a raft of strict restrictions remain.
West Australian Premier Mark McGowan confirmed the news on Sunday, 24 hours after a hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Contact tracers are continuing to work through the movements of the three men but all 16 close contacts identified by WA Health as 'high risk' have returned negative tests.
Results are pending for a further four close contacts, while a another 136 contacts are deemed casual or yet to be classified. All the new cases and their close contacts must quarantine for 14 days.
Residents in Perth and the Peel region will have to wear masks indoors and outdoors after a hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive for Covid
Nightclubs will close for the next week and all Perth and Peel residents must wear masks indoors and outdoors, regardless of proximity to others.
'We cannot underestimate this virus. We cannot be complacent. We need to follow the health advice. We need people to get tested. And we need everyone to keep wearing your masks,' Mr McGowan said.
'I want to avoid going into lockdown again. I know how much it can impact people's lives and businesses. But if we need to go back into lockdown, we will.'
But he added another lockdown this week was still 'a prospect'.
Sunday's AFL western derby between West Coast and Fremantle at Optus Stadium will be played behind closed doors, with the risk of 45,000 spectators travelling to the stadium deemed too high.
'Having 45,000 people try to get to Optus Stadium at the same time is too much of a risk, especially as we are still going through the close contacts,' Mr McGowan said.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Fans will be locked out of Sunday's AFL game at Perth's Optus Stadium under the latest Covid restrictions. Pictured is a match between the Fremantle Dockers and North Melbourne Kangaroos that was played at the stadium on April 24 without crowds during lockdown
The security guard in his 20s worked at the Pan Pacific Hotel between April 24 and 26 and tested positive on Saturday.
On his days off work from April 27 to 30, he moved through the community going shopping, seeing friends and visiting Mirrabooka Mosque.