As you may now be aware, Western Australia will be placed into a hard five-day lockdown (until 6.00 pm Friday, 5 February) after the state recorded its first locally acquired COVID-19 case in almost 10 months.
WA Premier Mark McGowan revealed the new case and lockdown measures during an emergency COVID-19 press conference at 12:30 pm today.
Information regarding this lockdown will be available from a range of media sources, but the reason for today’s CEO Update communication is regarding our SCEA schools and what the next five days will look like.
- Our schools will be closed for this week.
- No personnel will be on-site tomorrow at any SCEA school.
Further communications will be released by 4.30 pm tomorrow afternoon regarding our plans for the remainder of the week. We must seek clarification from the Department of Education and Association of Independent Schools in Western Australia (AISWA) tomorrow morning (Monday, 1 February) before finalising arrangements.
For your information, below are some further details provided by the WA government regarding this lockdown period:
- Five-day lock-down starting 6.00 pm today (Sunday, 31 January 2021) until 6.00 pm on Friday, 5 February for Perth, Peel and the South-West region.
People will be required to stay at home unless they need to:
- work because they can't work from home or remotely;
- shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies;
- medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable; and
- exercise with only one other person, limited to one hour per day in your neighbourhood and masks must be worn.
Masks are to be worn at all times when outside of your place of residence, this includes at workplaces and on public transport.
The following restrictions apply for the lockdown period:
- Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway service only;
Venues that will be closed include:
- Large religious gatherings (church services) and places of worship;
- Schools, universities, TAFES and education facilities;
- Pubs, bars and clubs;
- Gyms and indoor sporting venues;
- Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor recreational facilities;
- Libraries and cultural institutions.
We will be in regular communication with the state educational authorities and the Department of Health and will follow their advice as the situation unfolds.
I appreciate your understanding and continuing support for our SCEA schools.
Dr Graeme Cross
Chief Executive Officer