WA COVID-19 exposure sites listed in southwest, as events industry details cost of restrictions

There are fears that COVID-19 could spread to southwestern Western Australia after new sites of exposure were published overnight.

Three sites have been listed in Bunbury, including a TransWA train, as well as Preston Beach, which is about halfway between Mandurah and Bunbury.

This is the first time that exhibition sites have been announced in the regions after Perth’s COVID-19 outbreak was triggered by a French backpacker earlier this month.

Passengers aboard the B56 Australind train from Bunbury to Perth on Tuesday, December 28, between 2:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., must be tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

Those who traveled to Bunbury Passenger Terminal on Picton Road between 2:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. on the same day should watch for symptoms, as should anyone who has visited the Wyalup / Rocky Point car park in Bunbury at any time of the day. day on December 26. and 27.

The Preston Beach parking lot was an all-day exhibit on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.


Events industry details cost of restrictions

It comes after WA’s event industry detailed the financial impact of extending COVID restrictions in Perth until at least January 4, a move that ended many events during the crucial period of the New year’s eve.

Events Industry Association president Tim Kennedy said the restrictions hit the industry by $ 26.5 million. (ABC News: Keane Bourke)

The Events Industry Association said more than 25 event planners and 400 event providers lost more than $ 26.5 million as a direct result of the cancellation of nearly 250 events.

Association president Tim Kennedy said 5,000 workers lost crucial work on more than 25,000 shifts in the 12 days of the “industry shutdown,” which equates to about 7, $ 5 million in lost wages and earnings.

Kennedy said the Washington state government needs to clarify how it will deal with COVID-19 as the state prepares to reconnect with the world.

“The industry deserves better security under COVID-19 management policies,” he said.

“We need an improved contact tracing system if a handful of people can take an entire industry to the ground for a fortnight by not answering their phones.”

People dance under colorful lights in a large airport hangar.
Yesterday, 44 revelers who attended the Perth Mess Hall rave were yet to be tested. (Source: Facebook / Perth Mess)

The current restrictions were extended in part because authorities were unable to track down a number of revelers who attended a rave at Perth Mess Hall with the backpacker at the center of the outbreak.

Mr McGowan said yesterday that several of the people who attended the rave and yet to be tested were unlikely to be located because they had provided false or misleading information, saying some were not answering their phones.

Mr. Kennedy said the industry would continue to work with the state government on financial assistance that could be provided to “counter the significant economic and employment damage caused by this industry shutdown.”

“As an industry with the potential to immediately introduce targeted measures, we need to better understand what the way forward looks like,” he said.

“Then event planners may decide to try and schedule the major events that are a big part of our way of life and economic activity that benefit tourism, hospitality, retail, travel and many other sectors. “

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