West Australian Premier Mark McGowan is set to re-emerge from COVID-19 isolation as the state winds back face mask and vaccination mandates.
The premier says he is feeling better and will exit quarantine on Thursday, having tested positive to the virus last week.
One of his teenage sons has also recovered after being hospitalised with COVID-19.
“He’s back to full health,” Mr McGowan told Perth radio 6PR on Wednesday.
“He had a really rough, very worrying four days. But he’s young … they bounce back pretty quick.”
From Friday, West Australians will no longer have to wear face masks or show proof of vaccination at most venues.
The state will also scrap quarantine for asymptomatic close contacts in line with national guidelines, get rid of all remaining gathering limits, abolish the G2G travel passes and remove vaccine requirements for interstate travellers.
“Because of our hospitalisation rates and our low intensive care rates, which are much, much lower than was predicted, we’re very confident that we can take these steps,” Mr McGowan said.
“But we still urge people to use common sense. If you want to wear a mask when you’re out, wear a mask. If you’re unwell, stay home.”
Workplace vaccination mandates will remain in place, meaning the unvaccinated will still be prevented from working in most industries.
Mr McGowan declined to say when it would be removed, saying he wanted to get the state’s third-dose vaccine rate – already nation-leading at 79 per cent – even higher.
“The mandates have worked,” he said.
“We’ve had to do difficult things … I’m prepared to keep doing difficult things to keep those outcomes in place.”
WA Health on Wednesday reported 8392 cases and 10 historical deaths, including six men and four women aged in their 70s to 90s.
There are 253 people in hospital with the virus including nine in intensive care.