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Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions - COVID-19

The WA government has confirmed it will place all of the state’s Aboriginal communities into lock-down.

Under Directions announced yesterday, access in and out of remote Aboriginal communities will be restricted, with fines of up to $50,000 for breaches.

Exemptions include access for medical reasons, emergencies, essential services and supplies, and ensuring food security.

Remote Community Pandemic Plans will be developed with community leaders to support the directive.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt says the move is designed to limit the spread of coronavirus.

"The safest place for Aboriginal Western Australians during these times is in their communities,” he says.

"For those people who are currently away from their communities, the Government will be working with community leaders on plans to manage when and how those people can return home.

"I again encourage all Western Australians to continue to observe appropriate social distancing measures. Unfortunately, this includes no longer gathering in large groups, even for funerals.”

The Government will work with communities to ensure the provision of health and emergency services, food and other supplies.

View the Remote Aboriginal Communities Directions.

View the State Government Media Statement.

Ref: ABC Pilbara

Last updated: 17 April 2020