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COVID Safety Plans for business

Last updated: 21 September 2020

Phase 4 of Western Australia’s easing of COVID restrictions begins on 27 June. The associated safety guidelines are being updated and will be launched shortly. Premises that opened during Phase 2 or 3 should review the new guidelines and update their COVID Safety Plans accordingly, including amending the venue’s capacity on its COVID Safety Plan Certificate.

Having a COVID Safety Plan is mandatory to reopen businesses that were restricted under the Emergency Management Act, including some hospitality and recreational businesses.

Businesses are required to mitigate the risks of COVID-19, by doing the following:

  • ensure that you can comply with the requirements in the COVID Safety Guidelines
  • self-complete a COVID Safety Plan, and 
  • display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate in a visible location on the premises.

The requirements for the safe operation of your business include maintaining a strict limit of a minimum of two square metres (2sqm) per person. 

Businesses need to ensure their COVID Safety Plan is available for inspection by authorised officers. Failure to complete one may mean your business is putting the community at risk.

Managing your food business

Food businesses, including bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs, bars, clubs, hotels and the casino may open during phase 4. They can now offer standing service and there is no capacity limit, providing the two square metre rule and the following conditions are adhered to:

  • maintain a strict limit of a minimum of two square metres per person (use our online calculator to work out how many people you can have at your venue)
  • maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning
  • complete a COVID Safety Plan before re-opening (or expanding beyond ‘takeaway only’) and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate — both available from wa.gov.au
  • ensure staff have completed the AHA Hospitality & Tourism COVID-19 hygiene course before returning to work
  • ensure designated managers and supervisors complete the tier two hygiene officer course. Every venue must have a staff member with the more advanced accreditation on shift at all times as the venue’s dedicated hygiene officer
  • save attendance records of patrons gathered during pahses 2 and 3 for 28 days after the State of Emergency Directions expire (although patron details will no longer need to be collected from the start of phase 4)
  • carefully manage waiting areas to ensure social distancing.

It is essential to:

  • read the full details of how to comply
  • understand the COVID Safety Guidelines for food businesses
  • develop and implement your COVID Safety Plan.

Managing your recreational business

Gyms, health clubs, indoor sports centres and outdoor or indoor fitness classes can restart their normal range of activities, including unstaffed operations, with the following conditions in place:

  • maintain a strict limit of a minimum of two square metres per person
  • maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning
  • complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to re-opening or recommencing activity and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate at relevant sporting venues - available from wa.gov.au
  • save attendance records of patrons gathered during phases 2 and 3 for 28 days after the State of Emergency Directions expire (although patron details will no longer need to be collected from the start of phase 4).

It is essential to:

  • read the full details of how to comply
  • understand the COVID Safety Guidelines
  • develop your COVID Safety Plan.

Calculating the maximum number of people allowed in your business

The required two square metres per person means that you need to work out the area of your establishment to ensure you can comply with these conditions and set your capacity limit, using our free area calculation tool.

Note that staff-only areas, toilets and areas occupied by fixed furniture such as counters and bars must not be included in this calculation.

COVID Event Plans 

From 25 September 2020, public and private events with more than 500 patrons that require local government approval will need an approved COVID Event Plan.

A COVID Event Plan is not required for events that form part of business as usual for places that have an existing public building approval in place.

Visit WA.gov.au to find out more about COVID Event Plans, including the frequently asked questions.

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