Canberrans hoping to reunite with family in the West have been dealt a blow today with the WA Premier declaring his state’s borders aren’t likely to reopen to COVID affected jurisdictions until next year.

On Tuesday, Mark McGowan announced the state’s reopening to Queensland from Friday but when quizzed about the ACT, NSW and Vic, the Premier was able to provide a little certainty.

“We’ve told people that we will be reopening the border sometime next year – we’ve been really clear about that.”

When asked about allowing fully vaccinated travellers from affected states the option to quarantine in WA ahead of Chrsitmas, the Premier said there were no plans for such arrangements to be put in place.

Mr McGowan said the decision was ultimately based on health advice but with the state’s vaccination rate lagging behind the East Coast, it’s unlikely that advice will change before Christmas.

Western Australia isn’t projected to reach 80% double dose vaccination in the population aged 12+ until December.

“Once we get to that point, we’ll have greater certainty about open borders with NSW, Vic and the ACT.”

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“But the reality is Western Australia has done a marvelous job over the course of the past 2 years at dealing with the situation we face – we don’t apologies for being risk averse.”

Currently, residents from the ACT, NSW and Vic are banned from entering the state unless they’re an approved travellers, even then you’ll still need to undertake 14 days of quarantine.

During his announcement, Mr McGowan also said his Government would not be providing a border reopening roadmap, similar to the one released by Queensland on Monday.

Instead, residents and visitors to the state will have to wait until ‘the time is right’ sometime next year.

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