Last updated: 5 March 2021
Some changes to business activity and travel are in place to help manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These include:
- current business guidelines
- easing of restrictions from 15 March 2021
- COVID Event Plans
- travel within Western Australia
- WA's controlled border arrangement
- Mandatory contact registers are required for specified businesses
- Venues with public areas of less than 1,000sqm (that hold less than 500 patrons) must maintain a strict limit of a minimum of two square metres (2sqm) per patron (excluding staff)
- Businesses should maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning
- Shared spaces should be carefully managed to ensure physical distancing
- Businesses that were required to close under the Emergency Act 2005 should have a COVID Safety Plan and display a COVID Safety Certificate.
From 12:01am on Monday, 15 March, venues will be permitted to operate at 75 per cent of their total capacity or the 2 square metre rule – whichever is greater.
This rule applies to seated outdoor and indoor venues, including:
- restaurants, cafes, food courts and bars
- indoor and outdoor audiotoriums and ampithreatres
- theatres, performing arts centres, concert halls, cinemas and comedy lounges
- places of worship
- function centres
- community, recreation and youth centres
- funeral parlours
The two square metre rule will continue to apply to all other venues without fixed seating, such as nightclubs, music events and the casino. For pubs and bars that have a mix of seated and standing service, the 75 per cent rule applies to their total capacity.
From 25 September 2020, public and private events with more than 500 patrons, including those 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.
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 took effect on 24 October 2020 and applies to theatres, concert halls, auditoriums, amphitheatres, cinemas, comedy lounges and performing arts centres.
Travel to remote Aboriginal communities is still restricted under the State Government's Emergency Management Act to limit the spread of COVID-19 in these communities.
Other intrastate travel is permitted, depending on where travellers have come from and who they’ve had contact with in the 14 days prior to travel.
On 14 November 2020, Western Australia introduced a controlled border arrangement for other parts of Australia.
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.
Visit our Dealing with coronavirus page for more information to help you manage your business during the pandemic.