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

Information about current restrictions in Western Australia.

Last updated: 18 January 2022 at 11:00am

Perth, Peel and the South West

Public health and social measures are in effect for the Perth and Peel (including Rottnest Island) and South West region.

If you have visited an exposure site during the relevant times, you are required to follow the corresponding health advice issued for that location, unless directly advised otherwise by the Department of Health. If you have or develop symptoms, get tested, self-isolate and phone 13 COVID (13 26843).

 

Masks

Masks are required in the following settings:

  • at all public indoor settings
  • in all vehicles unless the person is travelling alone or with members of the same household
  • at residential aged or disability care facilities, both indoors and outdoors
  • at a hospital.

Anyone who has been in Perth and Peel (including Rottnest Island) regions since Thursday 6 January, 2022 must also follow the mask requirements for two weeks after leaving these regions.

Anyone who has only been in the South West since Wednesday 12 January, 2022 must also follow the mask requirements for two weeks after leaving this region.

It is recommended you wear a mask outdoors where physical distancing is not possible.

There are exemptions from wearing a face mask, including for medical reasons and primary school aged children or younger.

Proof of vaccination requirements (Perth and Peel venues only)

Proof of vaccination requirements will be further expanded on 31 January state-wide.

Proof of vaccination is currently required in Perth and Peel to enter the following venues:

  • Nightclubs
  • Music events (above 500 people) and specified high risk events
  • Pubs, taverns, hotels (hospitality):
    • With a capacity of greater than 500 patrons; or
    • With a licence that allows them to operate after midnight
  • A place operating under a special facility license:
    • With a capacity of greater than 500 patrons; or
    • With a licence that allows them to operate after midnight
  • A place operating under an occasional liquor licence (licensed for 250 or more patrons)
  • The gaming floor of the Perth Crown Casino.

People will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination, either in a digital or paper-based form, along with approved identification. See the Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations page for more information.

Both venues and patrons will have a shared responsibility when it comes to proof of vaccination, with venues required to ensure that each patron must produce evidence of their vaccination status and take reasonable steps to ensure patrons do not enter the premises without producing evidence of their vaccination status.

Get tested for COVID-19

If you have visited an exposure site during the relevant times, you are required to follow the corresponding health advice issued for that location, unless directly advised otherwise by the Department of Health. You are also required to notify WA Police by phoning 13 COVID (13 26843).

SafeWA and contact registers

You can help keep WA safe by checking in at businesses and venues using SafeWA, or by leaving your details on a contact register.

Most businesses and venues are required to maintain a contact register. The WA Government’s SafeWA app is an easy way for people to check-in at businesses. A manual contact register must also be available.

Contact registers are essential in assisting contact tracers to identify people who may have been exposed to a positive case.

Hospitals, aged and disability care

To help protect people in hospitals, aged and disability care, family members can visit residents, but some additional restrictions are in place.

Staff and visitors must wear masks indoors and outdoors.

You should not visit if you have:

  • returned from overseas in the last 14 days
  • been informed you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • not had an up-to-date influenza vaccination
  • symptoms, including:
    • fever
    • recent history of fever
    • symptoms of acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat
    • loss of smell or taste

Additionally, quarantine centre workers must wear a face mask and keep 1.5 metres away from other people when visiting residential aged care facilities.

Controlled border

The controlled border arrangement provides a system for safe travel into WA from interstate, depending on where travellers have come from and who they’ve had contact with in the 14 days prior to travel. They are also subject to conditions, including completing a G2G Pass (external link) declaration prior to entry.

For more information, visit the Controlled border page.

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’s important to plan your trip to help navigate through remote areas and avoid entering restricted areas.

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Restrictions in other regions

The following measures are in place for other regions outside of Perth and Peel. Click on the images to find out more.

Capacity limits

There are no longer any capacity restrictions for venues and events. This means private gatherings, concerts, sporting games, and weddings can go ahead at full capacity.

Measures remain in place to keep these events safe:

SafeWA and contact registers

You can help keep WA safe by checking in at businesses and venues using SafeWA, or by leaving your details on a contact register.

Most businesses and venues are required to maintain a contact register. The WA Government’s SafeWA app is an easy way for people to check-in at businesses. A manual contact register must also be available.

Contact registers are essential in assisting contact tracers to identify people who may have been exposed to a positive case.

Aged care

To help protect people in aged care, family members can visit residents, but some additional restrictions are in place. You should not visit if you have:

  • returned from overseas in the last 14 days
  • been informed you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • not had an up-to-date influenza vaccination
  • symptoms, including:
    • fever
    • recent history of fever
    • symptoms of acute respiratory infection (eg. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat)
    • loss of smell or taste

Additionally, quarantine centre workers must wear a face mask and keep 1.5 metres away from other people when visiting residential aged care facilities.

Controlled border

The controlled border arrangement provides a system for safe travel into WA from interstate, depending on where travellers have come from and who they’ve had contact with in the 14 days prior to travel. They are also subject to conditions, including completing a G2G Pass (external link) declaration prior to entry.

For more information, visit the Controlled border page.

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’s important to plan your trip to help navigate through remote areas and avoid entering restricted areas.

Page reviewed 20 January 2022