Last updated: 25 May 2020
Western Australia has commenced a four-phase roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions. We are currently in phase two which commenced on Monday 18 May, with phase three to come into effect next.
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
- restricted businesses and activities
- more information
WA border closures (updated 21 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 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.
Travel within Western Australia (updated 25 May)
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.
From Monday 18 May (11.59pm on Sunday 17 May), intrastate travel restrictions have been eased, with the current number of borders with WA reduced from 13 to four. From this time, travel will be permitted within the following regions:
- the South-West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Perth and Peel
- the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Pilbara (excluding biosecurity zone)
- the Goldfield-Esperance (excluding biosecurity zone)
- within the Kimberley including between local government areas (excluding biosecurity zone).
From Friday 29 May, all regions of Western Australia will be reopened except for those under Commonwealth biosecurity area restrictions (including the Kimberley region, parts of the East Pilbara and the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku).
From Friday 5 June, remaining areas will also be reopened subject to Commonwealth approval, however restrictions will remain in place for travel to remote Aboriginal communities pending further consultation.
People travelling for work between regions are encouraged to use the G2G Pass app to submit an online application to support their legitimate travel within WA.
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.
- 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.
From Monday 18 May (11.59pm on Sunday, 17 May) restrictions on the following activities have been eased as part of the roadmap to re-starting the state’s economy after COVID-19:
- indoor and outdoor non-work gathering limits increased to 20 people
- people are encouraged to return to work, unless they are unwell or vulnerable
- cafés and restaurants can reopen with meal service (including within pubs, bars, clubs, hotels and casino), limited to 20 patrons. The four square metre rule per person still applies, alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal, and all hospitality staff must complete mandatory hygiene training
- food vans can operate for takeaway purposes only
- weddings and funerals will be able to have up to 20 attendees (up from 10) indoors and 30 for outdoor ceremonies
- places of worship, community facilities (such as youth or senior citizens’ centres and bingo) and libraries can re-open, with a limit of 20 patrons
- community sports (non-contact) can restart, with a limit of 20 people
- outdoor or indoor fitness classes, including dance classes and yoga classes, with minimal shared equipment can restart, limited to 20 participants
- public swimming pools can open under strict rules (one indoor pool and one outdoor pool, changerooms remain closed), with a limit of 20 patrons per pool
- hairdressers and barber shops can continue to operate, maintaining four square metres between clients and keeping personal contact to a minimum
- real estate and display village inspections can be held with a maximum of 20 people (increased from 10), with the appropriate hygiene and a register of all attendees kept at all times
- shopping centres can remain open
- gun shops and firearm dealerships resumed trading as of 7 May 2020
- beauty therapy parlours and nail salons will be able to open from 18 May for retail purposes only, however the provision of beauty therapy services will remain prohibited.
Before reopening, all businesses to which the eased restrictions apply must complete a COVID Safety Plan, have the certificate on display, and have it available for inspection by authorising officers. The government is consulting with key stakeholders including hospitality, community and cultural venues, and sport and recreation sectors to develop an official COVID Safety Plan. This is expected to be finalised this week.
The following restrictions remain in place:
- contact sports
- amusement parks and arcades, including pool and ten pin bowling
- indoor and outdoor play centres
- community and recreation, health and fitness classes that use shared equipment or machines like Pilates reformers, weight machines, exercise bicycles, rowing machines, and treadmills
- saunas and wellness centres
- outdoor gyms, playgrounds and skate parks in public places
- arts, cultural and recreation centres including galleries, museums, zoos, theatres, cinemas and concert venues
- auction houses and real estate auctions
- in-store and mobile beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, tattoo parlours, spa and massage (excluding allied health services, such as physiotherapy)
- food courts within shopping centres will only be able to sell takeaway
- casino gaming floors remains closed
- nightclubs and cellar doors remain closed.
Phase 3 of the roadmap to easing COVID-19 restrictions is expected to be implemented approximately four weeks after Monday 18 May. Phase 3 may include further relaxation of rules for gyms, health clubs and indoor sport centres; contact sport; beauty therapy and personal care services; auctions; and public playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, skate parks, zoos, cinemas, galleries, museums and concert venues (with gathering limits).
For more information see:
- COVID-19 roadmap and COVID-19 latest updates – wa.gov.au
- Advice on travelling to and within WA (including Exemption Application Form) - wa.gov.au
- Australian Government restrictions on non-essential services
- Information on the community advice for WA on coronavirus restrictions - wa.gov.au.
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