COVID-19 coronavirus: Events

Information for organisers of events involving more than 500 people and certain outdoor functions and gatherings to actively mitigate the risk of COVID-19.

All event formats in WA are permitted without patron caps or the 2sqm rule. However, COVID Event Plans, Checklists and Guidelines remain important to reduce the potential risk and spread of COVID-19.

COVID Event Plans help mitigate the risk of COVID-19, are in line with health advice and provide extra confidence to patrons and staff entering the business premises.

These measures, along with the State of Emergency and Public Health State of Emergency declarations, are based on the latest health advice to enable the state to ramp up and respond rapidly to any outbreak in the future.

If you are holding an event with more than 500 people, you will need to complete either a COVID Event Plan or COVID Event Checklist. The COVID Event Guidelines will help you develop your COVID Event Plan.

All events must still be registered with the Department of Health, and held or conducted in accordance with the completed COVID Event Plan or Checklist.

COVID Event Checklist (less than 2,500 patrons)

A COVID Event Checklist is required for events where the anticipated number of patrons is over 500 but does not exceed 2,500.

This simplified document must be completed, signed and submitted to the local government in which the event is being held, along with all other relevant documentation required for an application to hold a public event. An authorised officer from the local government will ensure it has been completed satisfactorily before an assessment of the event application is undertaken and final event approval can be granted.

COVID-19 Event Plan (more than 2,500 patrons)

A COVID Event Plan is required for events where the anticipated number of patrons is more than 2,500.

This document must be submitted to the local government in which the event is being held, along with all other relevant documentation required for an application to hold a public event.

The document will be considered in the assessment of the event application by the local government. An overall event application approval may be withheld until the plan appropriately addresses infection prevention and control risks.

COVID Event Plans for all events exceeding 5,000 patrons must be provided to the Department of Health, for their records, a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the event occurring.

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

Outdoor functions and gatherings

Outdoor functions and gatherings that are weddings, corporate functions, festivals, carnivals, fetes, markets and funeral/memorial services are not required to have a COVID Event Plan or Checklist unless they are likely to attract more than 500 people and the venue requires additional local government approval for the event to take place. They are also required to keep a contact register.   

For further information visit Extension of Contact registers - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Page reviewed 6 September 2021