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Western Australians are set to benefit from the latest suite of modifications to venue capacity, following the latest public health advice.
A graphic showing changes to venue capacities in Western Australia

Western Australians are set to benefit from the latest suite of modifications to venue capacity, following the latest public health advice.

Certain indoor and outdoor venues with fixed seating in Western Australia will be able to operate at 100 per cent capacity from 12.01am Saturday, 10 April 2021.

This will allow more people into venues to enjoy seated entertainment and sporting events, connect with members of their community, and further support local businesses and jobs.

The following indoor and outdoor venues will be able to move to 100 per cent of the fixed seating capacity, and SafeWA and contact registers will continue as mandatory:

  • Indoor and outdoor seated entertainment spaces:
    • auditoriums and amphitheatres
    • theatres
    • concert halls
    • cinemas
    • comedy lounges
    • performing arts centres

WA’s major venues such as Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium – Main Arena, HBF Park will be able to have 100 per of the fixed seating capacity in the spectator seating and special seating spaces.

Places of worship will be able to have 100 per cent of capacity of a space being used for formal worship.

Seated hospitality venues, including restaurants, cafés, food courts and bars that provide seated service only, will remain at 75 per cent capacity. This is based on the latest public health advice, due to their higher risk of increased mixing and face to face interactions.

The 2 square metre rule will continue to apply to all other venues and facilities with a mixture of seating and standing, unfixed seating or standing alone. 

It is expected these arrangements will be in place for at least a month before being reviewed by WA’s Chief Health Officer, and if the situation remains encouraging, the Chief Health Officer is set to make more recommendations on further easing of restrictions.

For more information see: Venue capacity frequently asked questions.

Page reviewed 12 April 2021