Road blocks to isolate Esperance over Easter weekend in fight against COVID-19

Premier Mark McGowan announced road blocks would be implemented to people coming into Esperance, especially over Easter.
Premier Mark McGowan announced road blocks would be implemented to people coming into Esperance, especially over Easter.

Starting on Sunday, the WA government will set up road blocks to restrict the amount of people coming into Esperance.

The new measures, announced on Sunday by Premier Mark McGowan are particularly aimed at stopping holiday makers from coming into Esperance over the Easter holiday period.

Road blocks will be set up on South Coast Highway and Shark Lake Road, as well as on the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway at Gibson.

The only exemptions to the new lockdown are;

  • those returning to a principle place of residence
  • travelling to and from work (this includes business associated with agriculture)
  • attending medical appointments
  • transporting freight
  • attending school or an educational institution where necessary
  • catering/caring for family members
  • compassionate grounds.
  • fulfilling obligations under a parenting plan
  • providing veterinary or animal welfare services, if not available in own local government
  • performing an Essential Service
  • in the custody of a police officer

Shire President Ian Mickel said the new measures are what the Shire was seeking when they sent a letter sent to the WA Government requesting further action three weeks ago.

"We believe that preventing outsiders from coming in will help us to manage COVID-19 coming into Esperance," he said.

Mr Mickel said he believed the town was ready for the new restrictions and that they will address a number of lingering concerns within the community.