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Lotterywest sets up virus-rescue fund

The state government has unveiled $184 million in initiatives to boost crisis support and provide rent relief for small businesses and not-for-profit groups impacted by COVID-19, while the City of Perth has also announced a rent-free period for tenants in city-owned buildings.

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OPINION: We love our kids, but oversharing online can have significant downsides.

Border closure coming to stop virus spread

Western Australia will likely be closed to the eastern states by the end of the week, with Premier Mark McGowan shifting to the third stage of the state government’s COVID-19 response.

Digging in as pandemic pain hits

Free to read: WA will be relying on strong export industries to keep its economy afloat, with industries employing a total of 250,000 Western Australians having closed or severely reduced operations due to COVID-19.

$130bn wage subsidy scheme revealed

Businesses and non profits suffering big falls in turnover will receive subsidies of up to $1,500 per worker per fortnight under the federal government's new Jobkeeper program, with up to 6 million people to be supported.

COVID-19 cruise patients to Joondalup hospital

An 11th hour agreement has resulted in 29 passengers from the Artania cruise ship who have tested positive for COVID-19 being transferred to Joondalup Health Campus, after earlier proposals to shift them to Hollywood Private Hospital, the Mount Hospital and Bethesda Health Care were criticised.

COVID-19 daily wrap: New restrictions for international arrivals

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces further restrictions for international arrivals, Health Minister Roger Cook confirms 24 new cases of COVID-19 in Western Australia, Premier Mark McGowan announces a ban on regional travel, and Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston proposes new rules to help mineral exploration companies.

Regional travel to be locked down from Tuesday

Western Australians will not be able to travel outside of the regions in which they live from Tuesday, as the state government ramps-up restrictions on movement in its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Early sign of traction in COVID-19 fight

Movement in major city centres has dropped 80 per cent in the past two weeks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today, while flagging development of a policy to hibernate businesses until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

South32 suspends South African operations

South32 has temporarily suspended its manganese and coal production in South Africa, while also withdrawing full-year guidance for its international operations, in response to coronavirus-related gove

COVID-19 daily wrap: 26 new cases in WA

Roger Cook has confirmed 231 COVID-19 cases in WA. The state government will fund $3 million to coronavirus-related research. There will be easier access to some prescription medicines. New maternity hospital will be deferred.

More retailers shut down in COVID-19 crisis

Just Jeans, Peter Alexander and Smiggle are among several Australian brands set to close their doors tonight due to the COVID-19 crisis, while commercial landlord Dexus has withdrawn its earnings guidance for 2020.

RAC closes all WA accommodation

RAC is the latest business to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing it will temporarily close all nine of its parks and resorts throughout Western Australia until May.

McGowan says students should stay home

The state government has this morning announced that it is encouraging parents to keep their children at home, reflecting what it said were new guidelines based on national medical advice.

Seven COVID-19 cases on ship off Perth

Seven passengers aboard the Artania anchored off Perth have tested positive for coronavirus, prompting WA Premier Mark McGowan to call on the navy to help get the cruise ship to leave.

Hospitality sector plans for uncertainty

Hospitality businesses are making difficult decisions about whether to stay open and offer takeaway options or close.

Uno data dives into market shift

East Perth-based Uno Group is publishing online bi-weekly updates on consumer trends during the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to help businesses deal with the hardships brought on by measures to contain the virus.

COVID-19 daily wrap: Rottnest to quarantine ship passengers

800 cruise ship passengers to be quarantined at Rottnest. WA's COVID-19 cases rise by 30 to 205. Premier Mark McGowan introduces alcohol sale restrictions. Australia's COVID-19 cases rise by 287 to 2,423.

Regional MP urges travellers to stay home

Nationals MP Vince Catania has called on the state government to urgently launch a campaign to tell tourists to stop travelling to the regions immediately and for visitors already there to go home, with vulnerable communities and agricultural industries at high risk because of a lack of capacity in regional healthcare.

COVID-19 crash hits tourism hard

In a single month, the entire tourism industry has been turned on its head, with operators big and small subject to a harsh new reality.

Foodie fights the viral downturn

Regulars at Rachael Torre’s cafe and convenience store Wholefood Circus would notice the differences as the hospitality entrepreneur adapts to the new environment, simultaneously seeking to save her business and “feed half of the Western suburbs".