I have actually grown to love isolation and every single scrap of news that reminds me that the current situation we’re all living through is only temporary has filled my heart with dread. Western Australia has announced that the states coronavirus restrictions will be laxed as of today.

Western Australians will now be able to congregate indoors and outdoors in groups of up to 10. This means picnics, weddings, open houses and boot camps are all back in a big way.

You’ve probably spent a lot of your time in isolation in the kitchen honing your craft as a civilian Heston Blumenthal, so we can only imagine the truly blissful feast that that first picnic with the homies is going to be. I’m imagining freshly baked loaves of sourdough, olive and rosemary foccacia, fruit preserves, a bounty of pickled vegetables… just heaven.

The government revealed that the rules were relaxed to spark economic activity and “ensure family and friends can stay connected during the pandemic”.

“The economic impact of these restrictions has been devastating, our economic situation remains dire,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

“The state government together with the federal government, continues to do what we can to help us get to the other side of this pandemic.

“When this all started, we said COVID-19 was going to be like a war, a war we have never seen before, and Western Australia and Western Australians have risen to the challenge and we must stay focused.”

Despite the restrictions being relaxed, the government advises that people should only leave the house for activities that are essential, such as shopping, going to work, studying, exercising or for medical purposes.

Last week, Queensland announced that they would be lifting restrictions on a bunch of recreational activities. So if you have a penchant for jet skiing, it’s all smooth sailing from here.

As of April 26th, there have been 549 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Western Australia.