All four security companies operating the state’s quarantine hotels have agreed to ban workers from having second jobs, the West Australian Government has confirmed.
It comes after a security guard, who worked a second job as a ride share driver, tested positive to the UK stain of COVID-19, sparking a five-day lockdown last week for 80 per cent of the state’s population.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said the second-job ban was expected to be in place by next Monday.
It will affect all security workers across the nine hotels quarantining overseas arrivals for 14 days.
“Obviously people working in hotel quarantine still have lives, so they still go to the shops, still go to schools with their children, they still might visit their parents. All of those sorts of things are difficult to stop,” he said.
“But the second job aspect, which we know was a concern, that ends as of next Monday.”
The 14-day self-quarantine restrictions for Victorian arrivals have also been extended due to the evolving COVID-19 situation there.
Mr McGowan said the pause on easing border controls with Victoria was based on health advice from WA’s Chief Health Officer, Andy Robertson.
“We expect the pause on their border controls to continue for the time being,” he said.
He said he expected very few people from Victoria would be travelling to WA.