Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan announced stage two of federal government restrictions, but included special conditions just for his state.

“Further to the restrictions announced last night, in Western Australia, we have introduced temporary restrictions on takeaway alcohol as of 10 am this morning,” Mr McGowan said at a press conference.

“In consultation with the Commissioner of Police and the Health Minister, these new restrictions will apply across the state, except where existing restrictions are already in place.

“This is about what is needed to protect our community right now. We need our police focused on the important job they are doing.

“We need our hospitals focused on the COVID-19 response. Preparing our state to respond to COVID-19, means minimising alcohol-related problems in our community.

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“The restrictions will be implemented for a minimum two-week period and can be reviewed, altered or extended at any time.

“These restrictions are not intended to stop people from having a responsible drink. Right now I don’t want alcohol-related problems to be stretching our police force and putting more pressure on our hospital system.

“These are sensible and necessary steps during these extreme times.”

WA residents can only purchase a limit of two litres of alcohol per day.

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