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03 Feb
Staying COVID-19 safe

Staying COVID-19 safe

As of the 31st January 2021 the WA Government have announced a five-day lockdown that began on the 31st and finishes 6.00pm Friday 5th February 2021. This lockdown affects the Perth Metro, Peel, and South West region and is a response to a new positive COVID-19 case. 

The following restrictions are now in place until Friday 5th

  • No travel outside Perth, Peel, or the South West region 
  • People can enter Perth, Peel, or the South West only to access or provide essential services 
  • Non-residents currently in Perth, Peel and the South West should remain until the end of the lockdown unless for serious reasons 

A list of locations with confirmed cases can be found here. If you were in any of these locations you need to get yourself tested at a COVID-19 clinic.  

Take care of yourself and your family 

Under Government recommendations you are required to stay home. There are only four reasons why you should leave your house: 

  • You are delivering essential work 
  • For medical or care reasons  
  • To buy essential groceries 
  • Exercise (in local area for 1 hour maximum) 

If you’re going outside you must: 

  • Wear a mask at all times, including at work and on public transport 
  • Keep a 1.5m distance from others 
  • Avoid crowds or gatherings 

To protect yourself and your family, you need to: 

  • Practice good hygiene 
  • Stay at home if you’re unwell or keep distance from someone who is unwell 
  • Get tested at a clinic if you feel sick 

When taking the test you should only go out to do the test and isolate at home after you’re finished. 

You will find further information on what you should and shouldn’t do in this Easy Read document: Four ways to stay COVID-19 safe

Being at risk of COVID-19 

People with disability can be at higher risk of further illness due to COVID-19. This could be because of chronic illness or a weakened immune system.  

They may also be at a higher risk of getting COVID-19. Some people with disability find physical distancing hard and need to rely on family members, carers, or support workers. They may also have problems wearing masks and maintaining good hygiene at all times. 

If you’re a person with disability who finds it hard to wear a mask, you need to speak to your doctor or health professional. 

In addition to the above measures, you can also: 

  • Access a doctor, nurse, or mental health professional through telehealth services 
  • Have groceries and essential items delivered to your home 
  • Have medicine delivered to your home 

Resources 

If you’ve got questions or concerns about how these changes affect you and your family, you can access a number of free support services and resources. 

For COVID-19 information and services for people with disability, call the support helpline at 1800 031 093. They are WA operated and can connect you to other services and supports you may need. 

If you have questions about COVID-19 then you can call the coronavirus information helpline at 13 26843 (13 COVID).  

Keep up with the latest Government recommendations to ensure you are being safe at all times. You can also access free mental health resources here along with tips on how to maintain your mental health and wellbeing during this period. 

If you have any questions on Workpower’s response to COVID-19, then contact us at covid@workpower.asn.au or see our page for further information. 

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