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Latest developments on coronavirus restrictions - 1 December

From Saturday 5 December 2020, mandatory contact registers are required for specified businesses. Learn more at our blog article.


Last updated: 1 December 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's controlled border arrangement (updated 1 December)

From 12:01am on 14 November 2020, Western Australia will introduce a controlled border arrangement.

Travellers from very low risk states and territories within Australia (those with 28 days of no community transmissions) can enter the state and will not be required to quarantine. Travellers from low risk states (those with a 14-day rolling average of less than five community cases per day) must self-quarantine for 14 days upon entry. Travellers from medium risk states are not permitted to enter WA without an exemption. 

All travellers into Western Australia will be required to complete a G2G Pass.

Find out more about the controlled border arrangement.

Travel within Western Australia (updated 22 June)

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.

Changes to liquor licences and restrictions

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. 

Phase 4 easing of COVID-19 restrictions (updated 19 October)

On 19 October 2020, the State Government announced the two metre rule would be relaxed for selected venues that predominantly hold seated events. These venues will be permitted to reach up to 60 per cent of their usual maximum capacity for seated and ticketed performances. This change will take effect on 24 October 2020 and applies to theatres, concert halls, auditoriums, amphitheatres, cinemas, comedy lounges and performing arts centres.

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

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.

COVID Event Plans (updated 19 October)

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.

On 19 October 2020, the State Government announced the two metre rule would be relaxed for selected venues that predominantly hold seated events. These venues will be permitted to reach up to 60 per cent of their usual maximum capacity for seated and ticketed performances. This change will take effect on 24 October 2020 and applies to theatres, concert halls, auditoriums, amphitheatres, cinemas, comedy lounges and performing arts centres.

Next phases (updated 19 October)

The phase 4 changes follow the phase 3 easing of restrictions introduced on 6 June. 

On 19 October 2020, the State Government announced Phase 4 has been extended. There is no proposed date for Phase 5, which will see total removal of the two square metre rule and lifting of all gathering restrictions. 

Phase 6 of the easing of restrictions 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.

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