Last updated: 1 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:
- travel within Western Australia
- restricted businesses and activities
- changes to liquor licences and restrictions
- update on border closures
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
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.
Australia’s borders are now closed to everyone except for Australian residents, citizens and their family members.
Interstate arrivals into Western Australia are also strictly controlled. As of 24 March 2020, unless exempted, people arriving from other states and territories of Australia into WA by road, sea, air or rail must self-isolate for 14 days.
Exemptions from the restrictions and self-isolation periods will apply to essential services and essential workers, including:
- Transport, freight and logistics
- any person who, in the course of their duties, is responsible for provision of transport or freight and logistic services into and out of WA provided that the person remains in WA for only as long as is reasonably required to perform his or her duties
- the transport of health and medical supplies; health personnel and patients; food and commercial supply chains; health workers; travel of a relative or caregiver of a dependent person; and emergency services
- Specialist skills critical to maintaining key industries or business
- any specialists required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations, where the appropriate skills are not available in WA, the service is time-critical, and the provision of the service requires the person to be physically present in WA
- any person who, in the course of his or her duties, is responsible while in WA for critical maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to WA
- a person who is employed or engaged in agricultural or primary industry requiring the person to be physically present in WA
- a person who ordinarily lives or works in WA and travels interstate for work purposes for regular periods according to established work schedules (for example, FIFO workers)
It is an offence under Australian Law to fail to comply with the border closures and self-quarantine requirements. The WA Government has prepared the following resources for people arriving into Western Australia:
- WA Government Border Controls fact sheet
- WA Government Border Arrivals Form
- WA Border Restrictions - Application for Special Exemption
For more information, please see:
- WA Intrastate travel restrictions – 1 April 2020
- Prime Ministerial Media Statement - 24 March 2020
- WA Border Restriction - 22 March 2020
- Further statement hairdressers - 26 March 2020
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