There is an emotional scene of joy and relief at Perth Airport after the first flight landed from Adelaide since quarantine rules were lifted.
Travelers from South Australia will no longer have to undergo a 14-day quarantine, measures imposed in WA after the COVID-19 outbreak last month.
Maria Rologas and her husband, Bill, were in tears being embraced by their son, Matthew, and grandson.
“You can see how happy we are, it’s beautiful, it’s been 12 months, it’s beautiful,” he said.
“It’s great to be here, we ordered two lots of tickets, we booked for the 23rd, and we had to cancel and we had standby on the 25th and we did it, we did it today, it’s incredible.”
“We are fortunate to have these good little ones with us,” said Bill, referring to his grandchildren Anastasia and Adele.
“It is a frustrating time, but it turns out for the best, we are here and we will celebrate with our family.
“We’ll stay close and hug them.”
Son Matthew Rologas questions the actions of the WA Government.
“The state government can handle everything better,” he said.
“There could have been a travel bubble months ago and this is a really delayed reunion that has caused so much suffering for the family.
“And that’s grossly inconsistent with every other state’s health advice, this is a boat we shouldn’t be getting on.”
Our hearts are broken: Sister
Liam Waddill was greeted by his sister Stella and grandmother Lorraine Hastwell, who were driving to Perth from Busselton.
Stella Waddill said it felt like “their hearts fell” in November when they thought they might not be able to see her for Christmas.
“Twelve months to this day, so, yeah, nice, nice to be back,” said Liam.
“The quarantine that came back about a month ago – was shocking, to say the least, but I’m glad it’s over and I think South Australia is handling it very well.
“When the self-quarantine period arrives, or the isolation period arrives, it is very disappointing but good to hear that we can return today.
“I thought it was a little strange if you came yesterday, there was a two-week quarantine period, but today you don’t have to, so there must be something questionable there.”
Lindy Dagnall is waiting to pick up her father, Anthony Philp.
“Dad was supposed to be here last Friday,” she said.
“Ordered it straight after it was lifted last time, then came back, so I ordered it at 10:15 am on Tuesday morning right after the restrictions were lifted.
“My brother is in America, so I’m the only one here in Australia and we’re planning to go to America.
“Can’t go there, planning to go to Adelaide, can’t go there.
“There’s been a lot of distraction this year but we’re all safe and we’re all healthy so, you know, you have to do what you have to do.
“It’s great that he can spend time with us at Christmas time with our family.”