The latest easing of restrictions by the WA Government is due to the continued low number of new COVID-19 cases.
Premier Mark McGowan admitted the next stage of the reopening would be challenging. “WA’s success allows us to move ahead and take significant steps,” McGowan wrote on his Facebook page. “But we all must continue to act responsibly. That means good physical distancing where possible and good personal hygiene. Because if we have an uncontrolled outbreak, I don’t want to have to place restrictions back on. We cannot afford to undo all our good work.”
The easing of restrictions will continue the process of re-starting the State’s economy by helping to get more Western Australians safely back to work.
The current health advice is that the state can cautiously begin to reopen or increase capacity of certain venues and facilities, and increase indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings, all while continuing to practise physical distancing and good personal hygiene.
What restrictions will be impacted?
It comes as good news for the Hospitality industry as indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are now allowed – a five-fold increase from the current 20-person limit. The stage also brings a revised physical distancing rule of two square metres per person for all WA venues.
In indoor and outdoor venues with multiple, divided spaces, up to 100 people will be allowed in each section, with up to 300 guests total in some settings. Galleries, museums, theatres, auditoriums, cinemas and concert venues can reopen in accordance with this 100/300 rule.
While cafes, restaurants and bars will be allowed to run seated service only, alcohol may now be served at licensed premises without a meal. Further, it will allow food courts to reopen with a seated service.
Great news in the fitness industry as gyms, health clubs, indoor sports centres can open and will be able to offer the normal range of activities provided staff are present, including use of all gym equipment. as will playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms. Beauty therapy and personal care services, including saunas and wellness centres, can also reopen.
Click here to read FAQs from the State Government on these restrictions.