COVID-19 Coronavirus: Public health and social measures in Perth, Peel and the South West - frequently asked questions

Guidance
Find answers to your questions about current measures in the Perth, Peel and the South West regions.

Public health and social measures are in effect for the Perth, Peel (including Rottnest Island) and the South West region.

Masks

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes.

Masks are required in the following settings:

  • at all public indoor settings
  • in all vehicles unless the person is travelling alone or with members of the same household
  • at residential aged or disability care facilities, both indoors and outdoors
  • at a hospital.

Anyone who has been in Perth and Peel (including Rottnest Island) regions since Thursday 6 January, 2022 must also follow the mask requirements for two weeks after leaving these regions.

Anyone who has been in the South West since Wednesday 12 January, 2022 must also follow the mask requirements for two weeks after leaving these regions.

It is recommended you wear a mask outdoors where physical distancing is not possible.

Exemptions from mask requirements

A person is not required to wear a face covering where:

  • the person is within or at their home unless another direction requires them to wear a mask at home; or
  • the person is attending a gathering of persons at home, provided that the gathering is not prohibited by these directions; or
  • the person is a child 12 years of age or under, except at any time the child is attending school in Year 7 and above; or
  • the person is at the time attending school as a student in Year 6 or below; or
  • the person has a physical, developmental or mental illness, injury, condition or disability which makes wearing a face covering unsuitable; or
  • the person is communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication; or
  • 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
  • the person needs to temporarily remove their face covering so as to enable another person to appropriately perform their occupation; or
  • the nature of a person’s work or the activity they are engaging in means that clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential; or
  • the person is at that time consuming food, drink or medicine; or
  • the person is asked to remove the face covering to ascertain identity; or
  • not wearing a face covering is require for emergency purposes (other than emergency preparation or emergency preparation activities, unless another exception specified in this paragraph applies); or
  • the person is working in the absence of others in an enclosed indoor space (unless and until another person enters that indoor space) ; or
  • the person is a resident in a residential aged care facility or residential disability facility; or
  • the person is a patient in a hospital; or
  • the person is engaged in an activity involving swimming; or
  • the person is running or jogging or otherwise engaged in some form of strenuous or vigorous exercise or physical activity; or
  • 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
  • the person is undergoing medical, dental or beauty related care or treatment to the extent that such care or treatment required that no face covering be worn; or
  • 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
  • the person is a prisoner or detainee in a prison, detention centre or other place of custody; or
  • not wearing a face covering is otherwise required or authorised by law; or
  • wearing a face covering is not safe in all the circumstances,

provided that:

  • where a person is relying on an exception under subparagraph (e) and is requested to do so by a responsible person, the person produces a medical certificate that certifies that the person has such an illness, injury, condition or disability that makes wearing a face covering unsuitable; and
  • where a person is relying on an exception under subparagraph (f) to (w), that person resumes wearing the face covering as soon as reasonably practicable after the person no longer falls within relevant exception.

What’s the mask wearing advice for people who have been in Perth, Peel or the South West and have since returned home to regional WA?

Anyone who has been in Perth and Peel (including Rottnest Island) regions since Thursday 6 January, 2022 must also follow the mask requirements for two weeks after leaving these regions.

Anyone who has been in the South West since Wednesday 12 January, 2022 must also follow the mask requirements for two weeks after leaving these regions.

Proof of vaccination (Perth and Peel venues only)

Which venues currently fall under the proof of vaccination requirements?

  • Nightclubs
  • Music events (above 500 people) and specified high risk events
  • Pubs, taverns, hotels (hospitality):
    • With a capacity of greater than 500 patrons; or
    • With a licence that allows them to operate after midnight
  • A place operating under a special facility license:
    • With a capacity of greater than 500 patrons; or
    • With a licence that allows them to operate after midnight
  • A place operating under an occasional liquor licence (licensed for 250 or more patrons)
  • The gaming floor of the Perth Crown Casino.

How can people show proof of vaccination?

Visit the Proof of COVID-19 vaccinations page for this information.

Do people have to be double dose vaccinated to enter venues? Or can they just have had one dose?

Yes, people must be double dose vaccinated to enter venues and businesses that have a proof of vaccination requirement.

Whose responsibility is it to check for proof of vaccination?

Both venues and patrons have a shared responsibility regarding proof of vaccination, with venues required to request that each patron entering a relevant high risk venue produce proof of vaccination (or exemption) and must take reasonable steps to ensure a patron does not remain at the premises unless they have provided such proof.

How can businesses know what to look for? What proof is acceptable?

See the What proof of COVID-19 vaccinations can I use page for this information.

The Safe transition stakeholder toolkit also has posters that you can download that visually show what the various forms of proof look like.

I run a suburban pub/bistro that can hold more than 500 people, but I very rarely have more than that number of people in the venue at any time. Am I subject to proof of vaccination requirements?

Yes. If your pub, tavern or hospitality venue has a capacity of more than 500 people, your patrons need to produce evidence of their vaccination status to enter, irrespective of the number of people in your venue at the time.

Are markets considered major outdoor events? Do they need to request proof of vaccination?

Proof of vaccination is required at music events at which the playing of recorded music or live performances is the primary focus of the event, and specified high risk events. Outdoor markets, which do not have large organised music performances/dancing areas, will typically not fall within these requirements. 

How can people prove their medical exemption?

See the What proof of COVID-19 vaccinations can I use page for this information.

Public health and safety measures

Can I have visitors at home?

Yes.

Can I go to work?

Yes.

Can I travel within Western Australia?

Yes

People are asked to check the exposure sites list regularly and monitor their health and get tested immediately and self-quarantine, if they develop symptoms.

Travel restrictions to remote Aboriginal communities are still in place for WA.

What’s the advice for people who have visited exposure locations?

Check the Locations visited by confirmed cases page for this information.

Are there density limits in venues?

No.

Can pubs, bars and hospitality venues have patrons?

Yes. Proof of vaccination requirements also apply to pubs, taverns, hotels (hospitality) and Special Facility Licenses with a capacity of more than 500 people, or these specified licensed venues that trade after midnight in Perth and Peel.

Are casinos open?

Yes. Proof of vaccination is required at the Crown gaming floor.

Are nightclubs open?

Yes. Proof of vaccination requirements apply in Perth and Peel.

Can I attend events and music festivals?

Yes. Proof of vaccination requirements apply in Perth and Peel.

Can I visit hospitals, aged care or disability care facilities?

Yes. Masks must be worn at hospitals. Masks must be worn at or in a disability facility or residential aged care facilities, both indoors and outdoors

Staff and visitors must wear masks indoors.

Are contact registers still required?

Yes. Using the SafeWA and maintaining physical contact registers remain mandatory and are pivotal in limiting the spread.

COVID-19 vaccinations

I have a booking for a COVID vaccination. Can I still go to have my COVID vaccine?

Yes, you should present to the vaccination clinic according to your booking.

I don’t have a booking for a COVID vaccine but want one. Can I present to a vaccination clinic?

Yes. For more information and to find your nearest vaccine provider, visit Roll up for WA (external link)

Page reviewed 18 January 2022