Places of worship to operate at greater capacity

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Places of worship are now exempt from the 2 square metre rule and are able to operate at a 60 per cent capacity.
Graphic representing places of worship

Following the latest WA public health advice, exemptions from the 2 square metre rule now apply for places of worship. They can operate at 60 per cent capacity if this is a larger number than what was allowed under the 2 square metre rule.

The 60 per cent capacity applies only to the formal worship itself and not to the entire place of worship (i.e. church, mosque etc.) at all times.

This change comes into effect immediately.

From Saturday, 5 December 2020, places of worship will be required to maintain a contact register, in electronic or written form. Maintaining a contact register will assist the WA Health Department with COVID-19 contact tracing, which is one of the most effective measures in controlling the spread of COVID-19 if an outbreak occurred.

A free, simple and secure contact register app, SafeWA, has been developed by the WA Government to make it easy for businesses and venues to check in patrons. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

A written contact register must also be available for people who choose not to use the SafeWA app to register attendance.

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Page reviewed 1 December 2020