Easing of Restrictions for Western Australia
The information on this page relates to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for Western Australia. It will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.
Last Updated: 24 February 2021
Restrictions for Western Australia
24 February 2021
- Contact registers are mandatory at most businesses and venues to help with contact tracing.
- The WA Government’s SafeWA app provides an efficient and safe way to record contact details, by allowing people to easily check-in at businesses and venues.
- 2 square metre rule applies
- Wearing a face mask is mandatory in the following settings:
- in an airport in WA
- on an aircraft in WA or
- travelling in a vehicle with a person who is subject to a quarantine direction (this includes personal vehicles, private cars, hired cars, ride-share vehicles or taxis).
Previously, 05 February 2021
The five-day lockdown for Perth, Peel and the South West has ended. Restrictions remain for Perth and Peel until 12.01am Sunday, 14 February 2021.
More information is available in the transiting out of lockdown page.
In the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel region:
- masks must be worn at all times when outside of your place of residence. This includes at all workplaces, on public transport and while exercising for the allocated one hour per day, unless exercising vigorously outside. For vigorous exercise that is indoors, such as playing squash or running on a treadmill, a mask must still be be worn. This is due to the higher risks associated with indoor venues.
- A 4sqm rule will apply up to a maximum of 150 patrons (excluding staff) for hospitality, entertainment, public and fitness venues.
- Contact registers are mandatory at most businesses and venues. It is also mandatory for individuals register at these businesses and venues.
Other than what you can and can’t do above, general restrictions still apply as they did before the lockdown.
Restrictions in all other regions
This includes the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid-West, Wheatbelt, Goldfields, Great Southern and South West regions.
- 2 square metre rule (except for seated and ticketed performances at seated entertainment spaces within selected venues and places of worship).
Previously, effective from 6pm Sunday, 31 January 2021 until 6pm Friday, 5 February 2021, the Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South West regions will enter a 5-day lockdown, based on health advice.
The following facilities in the Perth, Peel and South West regions need to close:
- Gyms and indoor sporting venues
- Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor recreational facilities
People will be required to stay at home unless they need to:
- work because they can’t work from home or remotely;
- shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies;
- medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable; and
- exercise within their neighbourhood, but only with one other person and only for one hour per day.
Masks are to be worn at all times when outside of your place of residence, this includes at workplaces and on public transport. For more information about masks, see the Healthy WA website.
Previously, from Saturday, 5 December, Gyms, indoor sporting centres and pools will be required to maintain a mandatory contact register for staff and patrons.
The reintroduction of contact registers is an additional protection measure and will assist with WA Department of Health contact tracing, should it be required.
Designated businesses and venues will be required to collect the date, name, telephone number and arrival time of all patrons, staff, visitors and contractors that attend the premises, other than to collect takeaway.
The contact register records must be kept for 28 days, and not used for any other purpose.
To assist businesses and venues, the WA Government has developed the free, SafeWA app, an online contact register system that uses QR Codes for patrons and staff to scan to register their attendance.
SafeWA can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play from today. This will allow businesses and venues, which choose to use the SafeWA app, time to implement it for Saturday, 5 December 2020.
The app is being provided as a free, easy, contactless solution, however the use of Safe WA is not mandatory.
Alternative formats for mandatory contact registers are available, including other electronic tools or a paper-based system, depending on what is suitable for the business, venue or individual.
Businesses must still maintain a written contact register for people who choose not to use the app.
Failing to comply with the new requirements to maintain a contact register could result in fines and penalties of up to $50,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a body corporate or 12 months’ imprisonment.
For more information see the Maintaining contact registers, a requirement to keep WA safe media statement.
Previously, 18 August 2020 – Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap pushed further back. The new tentative date for Phase 5 will now be Saturday, 24 October.
A final decision on whether Phase 5 can proceed on this date will be decided in October.
27 June 2020, WA begins Phase 4 COVID-19 roadmap
Western Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions have been 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 started on Saturday, 27 June (11.59pm Friday, 26 June).
As part of Phase 4, there is no limit on the number of patrons permitted in a venue, however, the 2 square metre rule and physical distancing apply. This means the maximum number of patrons permitted is based on the size of the venue.
Good hygiene practices, physical distancing and frequent cleaning should continue to be observed.
From 6 June, Phase 3 of the WA roadmap enables sport and recreation facilities to have a maximum of 100 participants per undivided space or 300 participants per venue.
COVID Safety Plans help ensure sport and recreation actively mitigate the risks of COVID-19. The plan should be available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer. If your organisation has multiple premises, you must prepare a COVID Safety Plan for each one.
In the plan, you need to explain how your organisation will implement the requirements and advice set out in the guidelines.
For more information please see our Phase 3 frequently asked questions.
The number of people at non-work gatherings has increased, and additional businesses can reopen:
- gyms, health clubs, and indoor sports centres can offer the normal range of activities, including use of all gym equipment (gyms must be staffed at all times and undertake regular cleaning)
- contact sport and training
- playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment and skate parks are permitted to be used
The 4 square metre rule has been revised to 2 square metres per person for all WA venues.
Physical distancing, good hygiene and the 2 square metre rule apply to all activities permitted in Phase 3.
Steps to reopening sport and recreation facilities
Sport and recreation facilities need to take the following steps to reopen or expand operations in Phase 3.
If your facility’s capacity can increase in Phase 3, this needs to be reflected on a new COVID Safety Plan Certificate.
- Complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening. The COVID Safety Guidelines will help you complete the plan.
- Display a COVID Safety Plan certificate (you’ll find this in the plan).
- Implement the necessary safety requirements.
- Maintain a strict limit of a minimum of 2 square metres per person.
- Ensure a maximum of 100 people per single undivided space, up to 300 patrons per venue.
- Instructors, trainers, coaches and general venue staff are not included in the 100/300 person count.
- Players, customers, patrons, participants, parents and spectators are included in the count.
- Maintain 1.5 metre separation between people who are not from the same household.
- Maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning.
- Self-complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening/recommencing activity, and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate at relevant sporting venues.
Previously: Phase 2 effective May 18:
“Fitness & recreation outdoor or indoor fitness classes with minimal shared equipment, up to 20 people.”
“You cannot share gym equipment like mats, benches, weight machines, exercise bikes, rowing machines or Pilate (sic) reformers.”
“As an example, you can share a football, tennis ball, shuttle cocks, sailing ropes or netball but they must be cleaned in between training sessions. Minimal shared equipment during fitness classes or training sessions includes skipping ropes, kettle bells, hand weights etc. They must be cleaned in between classes or training sessions. You cannot use personal equipment like boxing gloves or mats unless you bring your own.”