COVID-19 Coronavirus: Baseline public health and social measures - frequently asked questions

Guidance
Answers to your frequently asked questions about baseline public health and social measures currently in effect across Western Australia.

General

Where do I have to wear a mask?

Masks are required for people aged 12 years and older in the following settings: 

  • Hospitals and health care settings
  • Aged care facilities, residential care facilities including disability service facilities and mental health residential facilities
  • Public and passenger transport, including taxis and rideshare vehicles, tour buses and school buses
  • Correctional facilities.

Masks are encouraged where physical distancing is not possible.

Exceptions include:

  1. the person is within or at their home unless another direction requires them to wear a mask at home; or
  2. the person is a child under the age of 12 years; or
  3. the person has a physical, developmental or mental illness, injury, condition or disability which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable; or
  4. the person is communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication; or
  5. the nature of a person’s occupation means that wearing a face covering at that time is impractical to perform that occupation or creates a risk to their health and safety; or
  6. the person needs to temporarily remove their face covering so as to enable another person to appropriately perform their occupation; or
  7. the nature of a person’s work or the activity that they are engaging in means that clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential; or
  8. the person is at that time consuming food, drink or medicine; or
  9. the person is asked to remove the face covering to ascertain identity; or
  10. not wearing a face covering is required for emergency purposes (other than emergency preparation or emergency preparation activities, unless another exception specified in this paragraph applies); or
  11. the person is working in the absence of others in an enclosed indoor space (unless and until another person enters that indoor space); or
  12. the person is a resident in a residential aged care facility or residential disability facility; or
  13. the person is a patient in a hospital; or
  14. the person is engaged in an activity involving swimming; or
  15. the person is running or jogging or otherwise engaged in some form of strenuous or vigorous exercise or physical activity; or
  16. the person is travelling in a vehicle and either is the sole occupant of that vehicle or is travelling in the vehicle with other persons provided that all the occupants of the vehicle are members of the same household; or
  17. the person is undergoing medical, dental or beauty related care or treatment to the extent that such care or treatment requires that no face covering be worn; or
  18. the person is directed by a judicial officer or tribunal member in proceedings in a court or tribunal to remove their face covering to ensure the proper conduct of those proceedings; or
  19. the person is a prisoner or detainee in a prison, detention centre or other place of custody; or
    Note: Nothing in these directions affects any other power a person may have to require a prisoner or detainee to wear a face covering.
  20. not wearing a face covering is otherwise required or authorised by law; or
  21. wearing a face covering is not safe in all the circumstances

A person is only excepted from the requirement to wear a face covering for the reasons in exception number 3 above if the person produces a medical certificate from a medical practitioner currently registered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency that certifies they have an illness, injury, condition, or disability that makes wearing a face covering unsuitable.

They must be able to present their exception to an authorised officer upon request, or to a responsible person or by the staff of a premises that the person is at and must not act in a manner that is threatening, intimidating or offensive towards that person.

Where a person is relying on an exception under numbers 4 to 21 above, that person must resume wearing the face covering as soon as reasonably practicable after the person no longer falls within the relevant exception.

Can I travel within Western Australia?

Yes, but there are travel restrictions to remote Aboriginal communities.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Do I still need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to enter venues and businesses?

There are no requirements to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to enter venues and businesses.

Proof of vaccination is required to enter hospitals and residential aged care facilities.

Find out more about getting proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations.

Hospitals, aged care and disability care facilities

Can I visit hospitals?

Yes, but visitors to hospitals are currently limited to the following:

Essential visitors

An ‘essential visitor’ includes someone who is:

  • a parent or guardian of a child
  • a parent or guardian of a person with complex needs or a person with a disability
  • a carer
  • a birthing partner
  • otherwise present for compassionate or other reasons approved by the hospital.

Other visitors

  • Non-essential visitors limited to two people per patient per day during visitor hours, and are in addition to an essential visitor.

All visitors are required to show proof of vaccination and wear a mask (unless an exception applies).

Can I visit residential aged care or residential disability care facilities?

Yes, but non-essential visitors are limited to two per day per resident.

Masks must be worn by staff and visitors indoors and outdoors.

Proof of vaccination applies to enter residential aged care facilities.

Businesses and events

What support is available to help support my business?

If your business has been affected by public health and social measures, you may be eligible to apply for COVID-19 Government Grants and business assistance packages.

Visit the Small Business Development Corporation website (external link) for more information.

Are COVID Safety Plans, COVID Event Checklists and COVID Event Plans still required?

No. It is not mandatory for businesses to maintain a COVID Safety Plan, COVID Event Checklist and COVID Event Plan, but businesses are encouraged to do so.

This is to ensure that businesses can manage and assess the risks of COVID-19 in line with the latest health advice.

For more information, visit the COVID Safety Plans and COVID Events pages.

Page reviewed 11 May 2022