COVID-19 restrictions lifted in Perth and Peel from Saturday

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The Perth and Peel regions can return to pre-lockdown life as of Saturday, Premier Mark McGowan has announced.

Mr McGowan said from 12.01am Saturday masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport, hospitals, aged care homes and events with more than 1000 people.

Masks will still be mandatory at airports.

The 100-person capacity limit for gatherings will also be removed.

Major stadiums like Optus Stadium will be able to have a full house this weekend while aged care homes will be allowed to have visitors.

“This is fantastic news for our community and businesses,” Mr McGowan said.

“It will mean Optus Stadium will again be able to operate at 100 per cent capacity for the West Coast Eagles and the Adelaide Crows on Sunday.”

Mr McGowan also said the lift of restrictions would also allow Western Force and Perth Glory to play at home.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported overnight.

Mr McGowan said West Australians had done a good job of crushing the virus.

“This follows over 101,000 tests being conducted in WA over the past three weeks – and incredible effort - and no further local cases being detected since May 1,” he said.

Mr McGowan said Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson will review the situation in another month and advise whether the remaining restrictions could be removed.

It is the first time since April 23 that WA will be without restrictions.

A man staying at the Mercure Hotel had tested positive to the virus after re-entering the community, which sparked a two-region lockdown.

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