There have been emotional scenes of joy and relief at Perth Airport after the first flight landed from Adelaide since quarantine rules were lifted.
Travellers from South Australia no longer have to undergo 14 days quarantine, a measure introduced in WA following the COVID-19 outbreak last month.
Maria Rologas and her husband Bill were tearfully embraced by their son Matthew, and grandchildren.
“You can see how excited we are, it’s just beautiful, it’s been 12 months, it’s just beautiful,” she said.
“Glad to be here, we booked two lots of tickets, we booked for the 23rd, and we had to cancel that and we had a standby 25th and we made it, we made it today, it’s just wonderful.”
“We’re fortunate to have these good little kids with us,” Bill said, referring to his granddaughters Anastasia and Adele.
“It’s been a frustrating time but it’s turned out for the best, we’re here and we’re going to celebrate with the family.
“We’re going to stay close and hug them.”
Son Matthew Rologas questioned the actions of the WA Government.
“The state government could’ve handled everything so much better,” he said.
“There could’ve been a travel bubble many, many months ago and this is an absolutely delayed reunion which has made so much misery for families.
“And it’s so inconsistent with every other state’s health advice, this is a boat that we shouldn’t have been in.”
Our hearts dropped: Sister
Liam Waddill was greeted by his sister Stella and grandmother Lorraine Hastwell, who drove to Perth from Busselton.
Stella Waddill said it felt like their “hearts dropped” in November when they thought they may not be able to see him for Christmas.
“Twelve months to the day so, yeah, it’s good, it’s good to be back,” Liam said.
“The quarantine that came back in about a month ago — it was surprising, to say the least, but I’m glad that’s all over with and I think South Australia’s handled it really well.
“When that self-quarantine period came in, or the isolation period came in, it was very disappointing but great to hear that we’re able to be back today.
“It strikes me as somewhat odd that if you had have arrived yesterday there was a two-week period of quarantine but today you don’t have to do that so, something to question there, for sure.”
Lindy Dagnall was waiting to pick up her father, Anthony Philp.
“Dad was supposed to be here last Friday,” she said.
“Booked it straight after it was lifted last time, and then went back again, so I booked it 10:15 on Tuesday morning just after the restrictions were lifted.
“My brother’s in America so I’m the only one here in Australia and we had planned on going over to America.
“Couldn’t go there, had planned on going to Adelaide, couldn’t go there.
“A lot of disruption this year but we’re all safe and we’re all healthy so, you know, you’ve just got to do what you’ve got to do.
“Just happy that he could spend time with us at Christmas time with our family.”