COVID-19 coronavirus: What you can and can't do

Information about current public health and social measures in Western Australia.

Last updated: 15 August at 12:01am

Baseline public health and social measures

Based on the latest health advice, some public health and social measures apply throughout Western Australia to help safely manage COVID-19 in the community and keep Western Australians safe.

There is an increase of COVID-19 cases and new subvariants in the WA community, meaning there are more chances of infection and reinfection is now more likely for people who have had COVID-19. It’s important to understand the health measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Click on the icons below to find out what public health and social measures are in place.

  • Wear a maskWear a mask as required
  • proof of vaccinationProof of vaccination
  • COVID events and safety planCOVID Events and Safety Plans
  • Visitors to wear masks at some venuesHospitals and aged care
  • Restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communitiesTravel to remote Aboriginal communities

Baseline public health and social measures frequently asked questions are available.

Masks

Masks are strongly encouraged indoors and where physical distancing is not possible.

Masks are required for people aged 12 years and older in the following settings:

  • Hospitals and health care settings including:
    • GPs
    • Aboriginal health services
    • Dental and optical health clinics
    • Allied health services such as physiotherapy, radiology and occupational therapy services
  • Aged care facilities, residential care facilities including disability service facilities and mental health residential facilities
  • Public and passenger transport, including school buses, taxis and rideshare vehicles
  • Correctional facilities
  • Aircraft

The usual exemptions from mask requirements apply.

For information about mask rules in Western Australia and the different types of face masks.

Proof of vaccination

Showing proof of vaccination is not required when entering venues and businesses.

Showing proof of vaccination is required to enter hospitals and residential aged care facilities (exemptions apply).

Find out more about getting proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations.

Hospitals

Visitors to hospitals are limited to the following:

Essential visitors

An ‘essential visitor’ includes someone who is:

  • a parent or guardian of a child
  • a parent or guardian of a person with complex needs or a person with a disability
  • a carer
  • a birthing partner
  • otherwise present for compassionate or other reasons approved by the hospital.

Essential visitors are permitted to visit during visitor hours and outside visitor hours.

Other visitors

Non-essential visitors are limited to two people during visitor hours. Surgical masks need to be worn by visitors, parents/carers and/or statutory personnel aged 12 years and over.

During visiting hours, patients may have visits from a maximum of two visitors, at the same time,  More than two may be permitted in certain circumstances. People with symptoms are not permitted to enter public hospitals, but exceptions may be made on compassionate grounds.

Visitors with no symptoms only have to show a negative Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) if they are visiting vulnerable patients.

More information is available in the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines.

All visitors to hospitals may be required to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask (unless an exception applies).

Residential aged and disability care facilities

  • Two visitors are permitted per resident per day
  • Masks must be worn by staff and visitors indoors and outdoors (unless an exception applies).
  • Proof of vaccination is required to enter residential aged care facilities but is not required to enter residential disability care facilities.

Travel to WA

Travel into WA from interstate and international travel is permitted.

See Travel to WA for more information.

Restrictions to travel to remote Aboriginal communities

While restrictions on accessing remote Aboriginal communities have lifted, some communities may still decide to enforce their own restrictions on people entering.

Check the Remote Aboriginal communities travel page for more information.

COVID Safety and Event Plans

COVID Safety Plans and Guidelines and COVID Event Plans, Checklists and Guidelines help ensure businesses actively mitigate the risks of COVID-19 and reduce its potential risk and spread, in line with the best available health advice.

Businesses are encouraged to complete COVID Safety and Event Plans and review and update them as necessary.

Managing COVID-19 and staying safe

It is important to continue to stay up to date with your COVID-19 and flu vaccinations, continue to practise healthy hygiene and wear a mask when required. Find out what you can do to stay on a roll through winter (external link).

Information and advice is available to help manage COVID-19 at home and at work.

If you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, get tested immediately and follow the relevant testing and isolation guide.

Page reviewed 15 August 2022