WA ready for the next phase of the COVID-19 roadmap Monday, 22 June 2020

June 22, 2020 5:15 pm

Phase 4 of the WA roadmap to relax COVID-restrictions further starts Saturday, June 27 (effective from 11.59pm Friday, June 26)

Decisions based on WA health advice and only possible due to consistently low case numbers and WA’s hard border with the rest of the country Gathering limits will now only be determined by WA’s reduced 2sqm rule

The 2sqm rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons Roadmap updated to include Phases 5 and 6 Phases 4 and 5 are three weeks apart, and contingent on latest health advice Roadmap and more information available at www.wa.gov.au Western Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed even further, as WA’s roadmap is updated to complete the removal of all restrictions.

Due to the world-leading response to COVID in WA, Phase 4 will start on Saturday, June 27 (11.59pm Friday, June 26) and will result in: All existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed; Gathering limits now only determined by WA’s reduced 2sqm rule; The 2sqm rule will include staff only at venues that hold more than 500 patrons; Removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises; No requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licensed premises; Alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements; All events permitted except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals; Unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs; Gyms operating unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained; and The casino gaming floor reopening under agreed temporary restrictions. For WA’s major sport and entertainment venues, a 50 per cent capacity rule will apply. Therefore, under Phase 4 the temporary capacity of Optus Stadium will be 30,633 for sport events (35,000 for concerts), HBF Park can hold 10,150 (16,500 for concerts) and RAC Arena can hold 7,150 (8,250 for concerts).

Western Australians must continue to keep up physical distancing where possible and good personal hygiene to better protect themselves and the general health of our community.

WA businesses will be expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented.

COVID Safety plans help mitigate the risk of COVID-19, are in line with health advice and provide extra confidence to patrons and staff entering the business premises.

Depending on infection rates locally, Phase 5 is planned to be introduced on Saturday, July 18 (effective from 11.59pm Friday, July 17) and will result in the removal of the 2sqm rule.

It is also expected to see the removal of all gathering restrictions, other COVID-related rules introduced by the State Government and the 50 per cent capacity limit for major venues.

Phase 6 was going to include the removal of WA’s hard border with the rest of the country and travel restrictions currently in place for remote Aboriginal communities.

A tentative date for the removal of WA’s hard border was planned to be included as part of Phase 6, however this was put on hold due to the rapidly evolving situation in Victoria.

When an indicative date is set in the future, it will be contingent on locally acquired infection rates in the Eastern States.

The WA hard border will only be removed when the WA Chief Health Officer is confident the spread of infection is controlled in the Eastern States.

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