COVID Safety Plans help ensure businesses actively mitigate the risks of COVID-19 in line with the best available health advice.
Premises that were required to close under the Emergency Management Act 2005 were required to complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate. Those that were not required to close may have voluntarily completed this.
Your COVID Safety Plan should be reviewed regularly and updated where necessary as health and government advice changes.
Industry-specific COVID Safety Guidelines and Plans are available below for:
- food and licensed venues
- sport and recreation
- beauty and personal care services
If your business or venue does not fall under these categories, please use the ‘General’ plan and guidelines.
To keep all Western Australians safe, most businesses and venues must maintain a contact register of their staff and patrons for COVID-19 contact tracing.
Businesses have particular obligations relating to the management, storage and disposal of records collected for the purposes of contact tracing.
For more information see the Contact registers page.
It is an offence to fail to comply with the Directions. The maximum penalty for this offence is:
- imprisonment for 12 months or a fine of $50,000
- a fine of $5000 for each separate and further offence.
If the offence is committed by a company, the maximum fine is increased to $250,000.
A $1000 infringement may be issued (or $5000 for a company), instead of being prosecuted.
COVID Safety Plans are an important part of ensuring that businesses are practicing COVID Safe Principles and minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. Failure to complete a COVID Safety Plan may mean your business is putting the community at risk. Authorised officers under the Emergency Management Act have the power to close premises and businesses that put the community at risk in this way.