Last updated: 16 December 2020 at 12.03pm
COVID Safety Plans help ensure businesses actively mitigate the risks of COVID-19 in line with best available health advice.
Businesses that were required to close under the Emergency Management Act 2005 must complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate. Those that were not required to close may wish to voluntarily complete 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 businesses and licensed premises
- sport and recreation
- beauty and personal care services
- transport, freight and logistics.
If your business does not fall under these categories, please use the ‘General’ plan and guidelines.
To keep all Western Australians safe, particular businesses and venues must maintain a contact register of their staff and patrons for COVID-19 contact tracing, if required.
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 don’t increase 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.