COVID-19 coronavirus: Events

Information for organisers of events involving more than 500 people to actively mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

Last updated: 15 January 2021 at 2:03pm

Phase 4

From Saturday, 27 June, Phase 4 of the WA Roadmap came into effect.

There is no limit on the number of patrons permitted in a venue, however, the 2 square metre rule and physical distancing apply. This means the maximum number of patrons permitted will be based on the size of the venue.

Large hospitality venues that can hold more than 500 patrons need to include staff in their patron count.

For WA’s major sport and entertainment venues, a 50 per cent capacity rule applies.

Unseated performances are also permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs.

From Saturday, 24 October, the maximum capacity for a seated performance or seated entertainment that is ticketed and takes place in a seated entertainment space is 60 percent.

These changes affect certain venues with one or more seated entertainment spaces which contain fixed seating and were regularly used for seated performances or seated entertainment immediately before 15 March 2020 or immediately before 11.59pm on 23 October 2020.

From 1 December 2020, this exemption included places of worship.

Events that require an approved COVID Event Plan under the Directions are not captured under this exemption. These events must continue to comply with the 2 square metre rule.

For more information see the Exemptions for seated performances and places of worship – frequently asked questions.

COVID Event Plans

Events of more than 500 people that require a Local Government Authority approval will be supported with COVID Event Guidelines and COVID Event Plans to ensure more events are held in WA.

Similar to the industry specific COVID Safety Guidelines and Plans first introduced in May, the COVID Event Guidelines and Plans will ensure event organisers play their role in keeping Western Australians safer, reduces the potential risk and spread of COVID-19 and gives event-goers more confidence to attend and participate in events.

A COVID Event Plan will not be required for events that form part of the usual business of places for which there is an existing public building approval.

From Friday, 25 September a public or private event involving more than 500 patrons that requires local government authority approval will need an approved COVID Event Plan as part of that process.

The COVID Event Plans will need to consider and identify public health measures to ensure the safety of patrons including physical distancing requirements, hygiene and cleaning regimes, and staff management.

For more information, visit COVID Event Plans - Frequently asked questions.

COVID Event Plan and Guidelines


The Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No 6) relating to events may be enforceable by fines of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for bodies corporate, or 12 months imprisonment.

Page reviewed 15 January 2021