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

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

Last updated: 18 May 2022 at 4:27pm

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.

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 communitiesRestrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities

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

Masks

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 taxis and rideshare vehicles, tour buses and school buses
  • Correctional facilities

The usual exemptions from mask requirements apply.

Masks are encouraged where physical distancing is not possible. 

Proof of vaccination

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

Showing proof of vaccination is required to enter visit 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.

Other visitors

  • Non-essential visitors are limited to two people per patient per day during visitor hours and are in addition to an essential visitor.

All visitors are 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

Check the Remote Aboriginal communities travel page before travelling through remote areas in WA.

There are strict travel restrictions in place for travel to some remote Aboriginal communities, more vulnerable to COVID-19 than other Western Australians. It is important to plan your trip to help navigate through remote areas and avoid entering restricted areas.

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.

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 18 May 2022