New public health and social measures from Monday, 21 February

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From 6am Monday, 21 February, additional public health and social measures will take effect across Western Australia.
A graphic showing new public health and social measures being introduced for WA

New public health and social measures will be introduced for regions throughout the state from 6am Monday, 21 February to help manage the surge of Omicron COVID-19 cases and keep Western Australians safe.

Based on the latest health advice, Level 1 public health and social measures will be introduced in Perth, Peel, South West, Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Pilbara regions, given growing community transmission.

The current mask mandate for all public indoor settings will also be expanded state-wide.

Level 1 public health and social measures

(applicable to Perth, Peel, South West, Wheatbelt, Great Southern and Pilbara regions)

These measures are in effect from 6am Monday, 21 February.

In addition to the existing indoor mask requirements, proof of vaccination, contact registration and restricted access to remote Aboriginal communities, Level 1 measures also include:

Gathering limits

  • Indoor gatherings at a private residence limited to a total of 30 people (including household members)
  • Outdoor gatherings at a private residence can have up to 200 people provided there is at least 2sqm of space per person (and no more than 30 people, including household members,¬†indoors at any given time)
  • Private outdoor gatherings limited to a total of 200 patrons for gatherings not held at a private residence

Capacity limits

2sqm rule for:

  • Outdoor gatherings at a private residence
  • Hospitality venues
  • Fitness venues (including gyms, pilates, yoga and dance studios)
  • Entertainment venues
  • Museums and galleries
  • Places of worship
  • Hairdressers and beauty services
  • Perth Crown Complex and seated service only on casino gaming floor
  • Nightclubs (up to 500 maximum capacity)

75 per cent capacity for seated entertainment venues that face forward, like theatres and cinemas.

75 per cent capacity for major stadiums, such as Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium (main area) and HBF Park.

Hospitals, aged and disability care facilities

  • Visitation at residential aged care facilities, residential disability care facilities and hospitals limited to 4 visitors per patient/resident per day
  • Exemptions apply for compassionate reasons

COVID Events and Safety Plans

  • COVID Event Checklists required for events with more than 500 patrons and less than 1,000 patrons and COVID Event Plans required for large events with 1,000 patrons and above. See the Events page for more information.
  • COVID Safety Plans to be expanded to early childhood education and childcare services, hairdressers and barbers, and encouraged for all workplaces
  • Workplaces to implement COVID-19 safe settings to manage workforce impacts.

Other regions

(Kimberley, Gascoyne, Mid West and Goldfields-Esperance)

These measures are in effect from 6am Monday, 21 February, in addition to existing proof of vaccination, contact registration and restricted access to remote Aboriginal communities.

Masks

  • Wear a mask in all indoor public settings, unless an exemption applies.¬†

COVID Events and Safety Plans

  • COVID Event Checklists required for events with more than 500 patrons and less than 1,000 patrons and COVID Event Plans required for large events with 1,000 patrons and above. See the Events page for more information.
  • COVID Safety Plans to be expanded to early childhood education and childcare services, hairdressers and barbers, and encouraged for all workplaces
  • Workplaces to implement COVID-19 safe settings to manage workforce impacts.

All Level 1 measures will be applied to these regions as community transmission is detected there.

Page reviewed 28 February 2022