Last updated: 21 September 2020
Western Australia is undertaking a six-phase roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions. Phase four came into effect on 27 June.
Current restrictions to business activity and travel are in place to help manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These include:
- WA border closure
- travel within Western Australia
- changes to liquor licences and restrictions
- phase 4 easing of COVID-19 restrictions
- COVID Event Plans
- next phases
Stricter WA border controls came into operation from 11.59pm on Sunday 5 April. People will no longer be able to enter the state, unless an exemption has been granted, as outlined in the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions.
Exemptions are available for people involved in the following:
- health services
- emergency services
- transport, freight and logistics
- specialist skills not available in WA
- national or state security
- courts and judicial services
Subject to additional terms and conditions, exemptions may also be granted to:
- FIFO workers and their family members (a 14-day self-isolation requirement applies)
- attend a funeral of a relative or visit a relative who is critically ill or whose death is imminent
- urgent and essential medical treatment
- transport, freight and logistics (not including airline or maritime crew members)
Anyone seeking an exemption must complete and submit an application form or apply via the G2G Pass app and have exemption granted by WA Police before travelling. The exemption form, proof of submission and further documentation or proof applicable to your exemption category must be carried and produced if requested at a check point or by police patrolling the area. Failure to produce the documentation may result in penalties including imprisonment or fines of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for organisations.
For more information about the G2G Pass app, read these frequently asked questions.
From Saturday 6 June, all intrastate travel restrictions have been eased, excluding into remote Aboriginal communities which are still restricted under the State Government's Emergency Management Act. Western Australians are encouraged to enjoy holiday experiences throughout WA.
Special provisions for occasional liquor licences announced on 27 March, including a simplified application form and waiver of fees. These have now ended as the licence was only valid while orders requiring a business to remain closed to the public was in effect.
From Saturday 27 June, restrictions on the following activities will ease in phase 4 of the COVID-19 WA Roadmap.
- all existing gathering limits will be removed, excluding a two square metre per person requirement, plus capacity restrictions for major venues. The two square metre rule also applies to staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons.
- all food businesses and licensed premises will now be able to offer bar service, (the seated service requirement is being removed) and will no longer need to keep a patron register
- gyms will be able to operate unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained
- the Crown Casino gaming floor will reopen with temporary restrictions in place
- all events except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals will be permitted and unseated performances will be allowed at venues including concert halls, bars, pubs and live music venues
- a 50 per cent capacity rule will apply at major sport and entertainment venues including the Optus Stadium, HBF Park and RAC Arena.
Physical distancing and exercising good personal hygiene is still encouraged. Businesses that have completed a COVID Safety Plan must update it for phase 4 and ensure it continues to be implemented See more information on COVID Safety 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.
The phase 4 changes follow the phase 3 easing of restrictions introduced on 6 June.
On 18 August 2020, the State Government announced the proposed date for Phase 5 has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday 24 October. This phase will see the removal of the two square metre rule and lifting of all gathering restrictions including the 50 per cent capacity limit for major venues.
A date for phase 6, which will include the reopening of WA’s hard borders with the eastern states and restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities, is yet to be announced.
For more details, see the latest information at wa.gov.au.