Comedian Tom Gleeson turned away at WA border: 'Tried my best'

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Aussie comedian Tom Gleeson was turned away from the WA border, after he had already arrived in Perth.

On Wednesday, WA Premier Mark McGowan slammed the WA border shut with NSW after a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the community.

Tom Gleeson poses with the Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality
Comedian Tom Gleeson was turned away at the WA border. Photo: Getty Images

“Just arrived in Perth to be told NSW residents aren’t allowed in. I’ve visited no exposure sites, no hotspots and here’s the fun part … I’M FULLY VACCINATED! LOL! (Sorry for cancelled gigs Perth. I did my best.)” Tom Gleeson tweeted.

Tom shared two screenshots, one of the alert he received on his phone from WA police telling him his G2G pass to enter WA had been rejected.

The next image showed his certificate which confirmed that he has been vaccinated with Pfizer.

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Tom’s followers were both shocked and confused, with one person writing: “Not only is that inconvenient & really annoying… I am genuinely puzzled by the restrictions placed on travellers who have been fully vaccinated…”

However another said: "Unfortunately it doesn’t matter if you’re fully vaccinated, you can still carry the virus. It protects you from having severe symptoms."

Another person wrote: “WA has zero active Covid cases. We’d like to keep it that way thanks.”

Tom Gleeson's text from WA Police
He shared a text he got from WA Police. Photo: Twitter/Tom Gleeson

The reintroduction of the hard border between WA and NSW came into immediate effect on Wednesday, reclassifying NSW as a "medium-risk" jurisdiction.

Travel from anywhere in NSW is no longer permitted except for exempt travellers including senior government officials, active military personnel, federal politicians and freight workers.

Exemptions may also be granted on compassionate grounds including for West Australians who need to return home.

Those travellers must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and present for two coronavirus tests during that period.

The edict applies to anyone who has been in NSW since 12.01am on June 11, including those who have since travelled through other jurisdictions including the ACT.

"This is very unfortunate. We don't take any pleasure in this," Mr McGowan told reporters of his decision to close the border.

"Obviously we were hoping we were out of this environment. But unfortunately NSW is going through something serious, so we had to take action as a consequence."

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