COVID-19 coronavirus: Sport and recreation

COVID Safety Plan and Guidelines for sport and recreation venues.

Last updated: 1 June 2020 at 8.00am

The WA Government has implemented a staged easing of COVID-19 restrictions based on the best health advice.

In Phase 2 sport and recreation facilities can reopen subject to: 

  • completing a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening. The COVID Safety Guidelines will help you complete the plan
  • displaying a COVID Safety Plan certificate (you'll find this in the plan)
  • implementation of the necessary safety requirements.

From 6 June, Phase 3 of the WA roadmap will enable sport and recreation facilities to have a maximum of 100 participants per undivided space or 300 participants per venue. 

COVID Safety Plans help ensure businesses actively mitigate the risks of COVID-19. The plan should be available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer. If your business has multiple premises, you must prepare a COVID Safety Plan for each one.

In the plan, you need to explain how your business will implement the requirements and advice set out in the guidelines.

For more information please see our Phase 2 frequently asked questions or Phase 3 frequently asked questions.

COVID safety plan and guidelines – Phase 2

COVID Safety Guidelines Phase 2 - Sport and Recreation

Phase 3 - reopening sport and recreation facilities

From 6 June, the following can reopen 

  • gyms, supervised at all times
  • playgrounds
  • skate parks
  • outdoor gym equipment
  • full contact sport, including tackling
  • change rooms and toilets.

Equipment can be shared but should be cleaned between each class/training session.

Steps to reopening sport and recreation facilities 

Sport and recreation facilities need to take the following steps to reopen or expand operations in Phase 3.  

If your facility’s capacity can increase in Phase 3, this needs to be reflected on a new COVID Safety Plan Certificate. 

  • Complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening. The COVID Safety Guidelines will help you complete the plan. 
  • Display a COVID Safety Plan certificate (you'll find this in the plan). 
  • Implement the necessary safety requirements. 

Safety requirements  

  • Maintain a strict limit of a minimum of 2 square metres per person. 
  • Ensure a maximum of 100 people per single undivided space, up to 300 patrons per venue. 
  • Instructors, trainers, coaches and general venue staff are not included in the 100/300 person count. 
  • Players, customers, patrons, participants, parents and spectators are included in the count. 
  • Maintain 1.5 metre separation between people who are not from the same household.
  • Maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning. 
  • Self-complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening/recommencing activity, and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate at relevant sporting venues. 

In addition to the safety requirements, the following restrictions remain in place: 

Club rooms (including bars and restaurants within the clubrooms) 

  • Patrons must be seated while consuming food or alcohol. Meals can be served, and alcoholic beverages can now be served without a meal.   
  • Each venue must have a COVID Safety Plan that has been developed in consultation with your local government or land manager.  
  • Refer to COVID Safety Guidelines: Sport and Recreation (PDF 472.02KB) for further information around hygiene requirements. 

Swimming pools (including at hotels and caravan parks)

  • Restricted to a maximum of 100 patrons per indoor and outdoor area which is also subject to one person per 2 square metres.
  • Change rooms and the toilets can also open.
  • Venues with multiple pools can open multiple indoor and outdoor pools, as long as the total number of patrons does not exceed 100 in any enclosed area, and does not exceed 300 across the venue.
  • Participants include spectators and swimmers.

Dance studios  

  • Dance studios may open as long as there is 2 square metres of floor space in the venue for each person, up to a maximum of 100 patrons per undivided space, up to 300 patrons per venue, including spectators and dancers, but not including instructors.
  • Equipment should be cleaned between every session. Participants should practice good hygiene and physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from other people where possible.

Multi-functional venues  

Indoor multi-functional facilities, such as large-scale recreation centres comprised of multiple functional spaces, are permitted to: 

  • accommodate up to 100 people in each undivided space
  • up to 300 patrons per venue, provided there is at least 2 square metres of floor space per patron.

For example, an indoor pool collocated with a 6 court indoor sports hall and café may operate with 100 people in the pool, 100 people in the 6 court sports hall and 100 people in the café, provided all relevant physical distancing measures are followed. 

Outdoor venues, including multicourt venues and ovals  

  • Outdoor venues may have up to 100 people per training zone at any one time. Each training zone should allow for 2 square metres per person. Even if there are separate training zones, there can be no more than 300 people on any oval or other sporting space 
  • Maintain physical distancing where practicable during the training session. 
  • The spaces between gatherings and groups should ensure that there is suitable distancing to prevent one gathering encroaching on another. Venues that can accommodate more than 300 patrons, while allowing for 2 square metres per patron, may be able to apply for an exemption to the 300 patron-limit through the Chief Health Officer.    

Increased cleaning and sanitation regime 

  • Ensure thorough and regular cleaning of common contact surfaces, ‘high touch’ items and shared amenities, such as handles, taps, lunch rooms, EFTPOS keypads and toilets. 


In Phase 3, large community sporting facilities that can accommodate more than 300 patrons while allowing for 2 square metres per patron, will be able to apply for an exemption to the 300 patron limit, for a decision by the Chief Health Officer. Further details will be provided here soon. 

COVID Safety Plan and guidelines – Phase 3

COVID Safety Guidelines Phase 3 - Sport and Recreation
Page reviewed 1 June 2020
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