Last updated: 5 April 2020
The federal and state governments have announced expanded restrictions to business activity and travel to help manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes:
- WA border closure
- travel within Western Australia
- restricted businesses and activities
- changes to liquor licences and restrictions
- more information
WA border closures (updated 5 April)
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 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.
Travel within Western Australia (updated 5 April)
Exemptions will apply to:
- travelling to work
- attending medical appointments
- transporting freight
- those who do not have access to groceries or supplies within their region
- returning to a place of residence
- attending school or an educational institution where necessary
- catering for family members
- compassionate grounds
From 11.59pm on Thursday 2 April, people in the Kimberley must stay within their local government area unless they are exempted. Additional entry restrictions will also apply to the Shire of Esperance over the Easter period.
Checkpoints and mobile police patrols will be in place to monitor travel across boundaries and ensure people are doing the right thing. Fines of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for businesses can apply to infractions.
People travelling for work are encouraged to prepare documentation, such as a letter, email or SMS from an employer or customer, to support their legitimate intrastate travel in WA.
The following activities and businesses are no longer allowed to continue operating in Australia:
- amusement parks and arcades
- indoor and outdoor play centres
- community and recreation centres, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre, dance studios, spin facilities, saunas and wellness centres, including outdoor gyms, playgrounds and skate parks in public places
- public swimming pools
- galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries and community centres
- auction houses
- real estate auctions and open house inspections
- in-store beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spa and massage parlours (this excludes allied health services, such as physiotherapy)
- food courts within shopping centres will only be able to sell takeaway
- gun shops and firearm dealerships(farmers and other rural landholders can continue to access ammunition for pest control and animal welfare reasons through registered firearm dealers).
The following information has been provided in relation to these specific activities:
- hairdressers and barber shops can continue to operate, maintaining four square metres between clients and keeping personal contact to a minimum. Following industry feedback on the original 30 minute appointment restriction, there is now no time limit on these services as of 26 March 2020.
- personal training and boot camps are limited to a maximum of two people (including the trainer) as of midnight on 30 March 2020; these sessions must be held outside with social distancing maintained
- shopping centres will remain open
- weddings may continue, but must only include the couple, the celebrant, and two witnesses, totalling a maximum of five people
- funerals are limited to a maximum of 10 people, including the celebrant
- outdoor and indoor food markets will be addressed by individual states and territories.
- More information on the guidance for Western Australia will be provided as soon as it is available
- as of 11.59pm on 31 March 2020, indoor and outdoor public gatherings are limited to two people (this limit does not apply if the people are from your own household).
On 27 March 2020, the State Government announced changes to the WA's liquor restrictions. This includes:
- Food outlets and other venues with existing liquor licences will be able to apply for an occasional liquor licence for up to six months to allow for the sale of packaged alcohol with a takeaway meal.
- Liquor restrictions have been adjusted for cellar door sales. Cellar doors can now sell up to nine litres of wine (12 bottles) per customer per week in WA.
- A simplified application form for occasional liquor licence, which will be fast tracked on receipt, is available on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries' website. The application fee for this licence will also be waived.
For more information see:
- Advice on travelling to and within WA (including Exemption Application Form) — wa.gov.au
- Australian Government restrictions on non-essential services
If you are concerned about the impact of coronavirus or other disruptions on your small business, read our dealing with coronavirus information for small business owners. This includes details of the support packages announced by the Australian and Western Australian Governments