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New rules to protect public officers, travel bans explained & a stern warning to hotel whingers

New laws – set to be introduced to State Parliament this week – would see those refusing to self-isolate forced to wear an electronic tracker.

The proposed laws would also create an offence for those claiming to be infected with COVID-19 and assaulting a public officer — with penalties of up to 10 years prison.

Premier Mark McGowan told Gareth Parker on Mornings says he’s had reports of people claiming to be infected with the virus in order to avoid arrest.

Mr McGowan is also warning those flouting intrastate travel bans that they will be fined.

From midnight, travel between the state’s regions – like Perth to the South West – will not be allowed, to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

But people in Perth can still travel to the Peel region — and vice-versa.

He says there are also a range of common-sense exemptions — like travel for work, or medical reasons.

On the issue of interstate or overseas arrivals, the Premier maintains anyone arriving in WA from interstate or overseas will be quarantined — no matter what.

It follows complaints on social media from some people being held for 14 days in city hotels — especially from those with limited or no access to the outdoors.

But he says he doesn’t care.

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Liam Bartlett