Phase 3 - Easing of restrictions - frequently asked questions

Guidance
FAQs about the easing of restrictions and what this means for community and business.

Last updated: 8 July 2020 at 7.56pm

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General

Why are these easing of restrictions taking place?

The latest easing of restrictions by the WA Government is due to the continued low number of new COVID-19 cases. The easing of restrictions will continue the process of re-starting the State’s economy by helping to get more Western Australians safely back to work.

The current health advice is that we can cautiously begin to reopen or increase capacity of certain venues and facilities, and increase indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings while of course continuing to practise physical distancing and good personal hygiene.

What gathering and venue restrictions will be lifted from 11:59pm Friday 5 June 2020?

Phase 3 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap allows for:

  • indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people at any one time, per single undivided space, applying the revised two square metre per person capacity rule for WA venues
  • venues that can fully reopen under stage 3, up to 300 patrons in total at the venue, but with no more than 100 patrons in a single undivided space at any one time (referred to as 100/300 rule) and applying the revised two square metre per patron capacity rule for WA venues.
  • food businesses and licensed premises may operate with seated service
  • alcohol may be served without a meal (patrons must be seated)
  • food courts can reopen with seated service
  • businesses that provide beauty therapy and personal care services (including tanning, waxing, massages, nails services, tattooing and piercing) to reopen in line with the requirements for hairdressers and barbers
  • saunas, bath houses, float centres and wellness centres to reopen
  • galleries, museums, theatres, auditoriums, cinemas and concert venues to reopen (during any performance, the patrons must be seated)
  • Rottnest Island to reopen (Rottnest ferries are considered public transport)
  • the Perth Zoo to reopen with no patron limit for the whole venue (the 100/300 rule applies to indoor spaces and cafés/restaurants)
  • wildlife and amusement parks to reopen
  • arcades (including pool/snooker, ten pin bowling, Timezone), skate rinks and play centres to reopen
  • auction houses and real estate auctions to reopen
  • TAB outlets and other gaming venues (other than the Casino which is being considered separately) to reopen
  • contact sport and training
  • playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment is permitted to be used
  • gyms, health clubs, indoor sporting centres to reopen and will be able to offer the normal range of activities provided staff are present, including use of all gym equipment
  • travel throughout all of WA (excluding entry into remote Aboriginal communities).

Everyone is encouraged to continue to practice physical distancing and good personal hygiene at all times.

Is it safe to go out now that restrictions are lifted?

Based on health advice, it is currently considered safe to go out to public places that are open, provided you maintain good personal hygiene practices and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

The Western Australian community is encouraged to support the State’s economy by re-engaging with local businesses.

Do I still need to practice physical distancing when I go out?

Yes. Transmission of the virus is still possible, so do not become complacent. Keep 1.5 metres from others where possible, and maintain good personal hygiene.

People are still able to gather in groups of more than 100 in office buildings, factories, mining sites, construction sites, schools and childcare facilities, universities, public transport, supermarkets, food markets, grocery stores, retail stores or shopping centres, airports, emergency services, prisons, disability and aged care facilities, courts, tribunals, Parliament, hotels, motels or other accommodation.

If restrictions are lifted and then an outbreak occurs – what will happen then?

To avoid an outbreak, people must continue to abide by the restrictions in place, observe physical distancing and practice good personal hygiene. If an outbreak occurs after restrictions are lifted, the WA Government will consult with health experts and an appropriate response will be implemented.

Why is WA not following the National Cabinet guidelines?

The National Cabinet framework allows individual States and Territories to implement their own plans.

WA is in a far more fortunate position than other States and Territories. Stronger restrictions, like WA’s hard border, have resulted in far fewer cases and WA has no evidence of community spread.

The easing of restrictions will continue the process of re-starting the State’s economy by helping to get many Western Australians safely back to work and allow the State to cautiously begin to re-open certain venues and facilities, and increase indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings to a maximum of 300 people – subject to certain conditions.

Advice for business

My venue can accommodate more than 300 patrons with physical distancing, is this allowed?

No. The maximum number of patrons per undivided space is 100, subject to the 2 square metre rule, up to a maximum of 300 patrons for reopened venues (excluding staff).

Can I have more than 100 patrons in my venue if there are two or more separate spaces?

Yes. The total number of patrons must not exceed 300 at the venue (excluding staff).

This is subject to there being no more than 100 patrons at a time per single undivided space, subject to the 2 square metre rule.

Will there be a time limit I can be in the venue?

It will be a matter for each venue to decide how to manage the turn-over of patrons.

If I don’t comply with the Directions, including 100/300 patrons in my venue, what are the consequences/fines?

It may be an offence to fail to comply with the Directions. The maximum penalty for this offence is:

  • imprisonment for 12 months or a fine of $50,000
  • a fine of $5000 for each separate and further offence.

If the offence is committed by a company, the maximum fine is increased to $250,000.

An on-the-spot fine of $1000 may be issued (or $5000 for a company), instead of being prosecuted.

COVID Safety Plans

What is a COVID Safety Plan?

The purpose of the COVID Safety Plan is to help ensure that businesses actively mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in line with the best available health advice.

The person responsible for the premises or the activity that occurs in that premise will need to complete the COVID Safety Plan and explain how the business will take steps to implement the requirements and the advice set out in these guidelines.

You must self-complete a COVID Safety Plan for your business prior to re-opening and have it available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer. If your business has multiple premises you must prepare a COVID Safety Plan for each premises.

Refer to the COVID Safety Guidelines and Plans for further information.

My business/organisation was never required to close. Do I need to complete a COVID Safety Plan?

Premises that were not required to close under directions made under the Emergency Management Act are not required to complete a COVID Safety Plan, but may choose to voluntarily complete a COVID Safety Plan and display the Certificate, if desired.

My business/organisation has completed a phase 2 COVID Safety Plan. We want to increase capacity for phase 3. Do I need to update my COVID Safety Plan?

Yes, you should review the new guidelines and update your COVID Safety Plan accordingly. You may be able to increase your venue’s capacity which can be reflected on your COVID Safety Plan Certificate.

Entertainment, hospitality and food businesses

In addition to any services they may already be providing, food businesses can now expand their dine-in capacity in line with the requirements below:

  • licensed venues may open and offer alcoholic beverages with or without a meal
  • all patrons must be seated
  • provide at least 2 square metres of floor space per person, up to a maximum of 100/300 patrons per venue (excluding staff)
  • maintain a customer register of all patrons' first names, surnames and contact numbers
  • self-completing or updating a COVID Safety Plan and having it available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer, and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate in a prominent location visible to patrons
  • hospitality workers must also complete an online hygiene training course before they return to work.

Patrons may order and pay for drinks at the bar but must be seated to consume alcohol.

Refer to the COVID Safety Guidelines: Food Businesses for further information around hygiene requirements.

How long do I need to keep my patron register for?

Businesses required to keep a patron register as part of their COVID Safety Plan, are required to keep the patron register on file until 28 days after the State of Emergency has been lifted.

Are food courts required to maintain a contact register for dine in patrons?

Food court operators will be required to maintain regular, upgraded cleaning of the dining area. There will be no requirement for contact details of dine-in patrons at food courts.

I own a fast food outlet in a food court, can my patrons now dine in?

Yes. You must ensure that your business has completed a COVID Safety Plan. The owner/manager of any shared dining space must also complete a COVID Safety Plan. Patrons may order and wait for their food at outlets, however must be seated to dine.

I own a food van. Can I now return to my local public place for my regular business hours?

Yes. Physical distancing and hygiene measures apply.

Is Crown Casino open for gambling?

No, the gaming floor of Crown Casino is to remain closed for gambling purposes during phase 3. Crown Casino and the Chief Health Officer are currently planning for a future phase reopening.

Are the restaurants or bars at the Crown Casino or other multi-venue premises allowed to open?

Yes. Each individual food business within a multi-venue premises can open.

Where a venue is open, there must be 2 square metres of floor space per patron, up to a maximum of 100 patrons per undivided space (excluding staff), observing the 100/300 rule.

Each venue is required to self-complete a COVID Safety Plan.

I’m thinking about staying at Crown Towers but only if I can visit the Crystal Club. Will hotels be allowed to open their VIP lounges?

Yes, with capacity limits in line with the 100/300 rule and the 2 square metre per person requirement.

Can a pub/restaurant have people waiting to pick up take-away, while there are 100/300 patrons at the venue?

Yes. However, patrons waiting to collect takeaway food should wait outside the venue if the venue is at capacity. Time spent inside to order, pay and collect their food should be limited and businesses must allow 2 square metres of floor space per patron. 

Patrons waiting to collect takeaway should practice physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from other patrons.

Can wine tours or wine tastings happen?

Yes. Cellar doors are now permitted to provide wine tastings, however all patrons must be seated when consuming alcohol. Patrons are not required to order a meal. Patrons should practice physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from patrons from other households. The 100/300 rule applies, along with the 2 square metre per person rule.

Can TABs and Pub TABs open for the purpose of betting and watching events?

Yes, however all patrons must be seated when consuming alcohol. Patrons should practice physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from other patrons. The 100/300 rule applies, along with the 2 square metre per person rule.

Can adult entertainment venues open?

Yes, with capacity limits of 100 patrons per single undivided space up to 300 total in the entire venue at the same time, with 2 square metres of floor space per patron. All patrons must be seated. Seating should be arranged to ensure patrons are kept 1.5 metres from other patrons and staff.

A COVID Safety Plan must be completed and all staff must have completed the hygiene course prior to reopening.

Do charter boats, tour buses, scenic flights or skydiving flights need to follow the 2 square metre rule?

Charter vessels including boats, tour buses, scenic flights and skydiving flights do not need to comply with the two square metre per person rule, consistent with other transport.

However, existing regulations and hygiene practices must be followed.

Can beauty therapy and personal care services open?

Beauty therapy and personal care services are permitted to reopen.

When providing beauty therapy and personal care services there must be a distance of at least 1.5 metres between each client receiving treatment from a staff member and every other client receiving treatment from a staff member. Beauty therapy and personal care services must complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening, have it available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer, and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate in a prominent location visible to patrons.

Refer to the COVID Safety Guidelines: Beauty Therapy for further information around hygiene requirements.

Can wellness centres, float centres, saunas, bath houses and spas open?

Wellness centres (including float centres, saunas, bath houses and spas) are permitted to reopen and accommodate up to 100/300 patrons (excluding staff), observing the 2 square metre per person rule.

To the extent a day spa or wellness centre provides beauty and personal care services (including massages, facials, waxing and tanning) they must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres between each client receiving treatment from a staff member and every other client receiving treatment from a staff member.

Refer to the COVID Safety Guidelines: Beauty Therapy for further information.

Wellness centre that provide group classes, including yoga or Pilates, must observe the 2 square metre per person rule.

Can galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas, concert venues, arcades and amusement parks open?

Galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas, concert venues, amusement parks and arcades (including pool halls, ten pin bowling, skating rinks, Timezone and play centres) are permitted to reopen in line with the requirements below:

  • providing at least 2 square metres of floor space per person, up to a maximum of 100 patrons per single undivided space up to 300 patrons per venue (excluding staff)
  • outdoor amusement parks may have up to 300 patrons at the place at the same time, providing there is at least 2 square metres of floor space per person
  • for any performances, patrons must be seated
  • a COVID Safety Plan must be completed prior to re-opening and available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer, and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate in a prominent location visible to patrons.

Refer to COVID Safety Guidelines and Plans for further information around hygiene requirements.

Will Perth Zoo and wildlife parks reopen?

Perth Zoo will reopen with no patron limit for the whole venue (the 100/300 rule and the 2 square metre per person rule applies to indoor spaces and cafés/restaurants).

Wildlife parks can reopen to the public with up to a maximum of 100 patrons per single undivided space and up to 300 patrons in total, providing there is at least 2 square metres of floor space per person. Patrons are encouraged to continue to practice physical distancing and good personal hygiene at all times.

Large community sporting facilities or wildlife parks, that can accommodate more than 300 patrons, while allowing for two square metres per patron, may apply for an exemption to the 300 patron limit, for a decision by the Chief Health Officer.

What are the seating arrangements at indoor or outdoor cinemas, theatres and concert venues?

Patrons should keep at least 1.5 metres away from other groups of patrons within the facilities. All patrons must be seated during performances. The 100/300 rule and the 2 square metre per person rule applies.

Real estate

Is there a gathering limit on home opens?

A maximum of 100 people will be permitted to attend a home open or a home at a display village at the same time, including the person conducting the inspection. However, appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices must continue to be observed along with the 2 square metre per person rule. Attendees should practice physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from other people.

A register, including names and contact details, of all attendees must be kept at all times. Alcohol-based hand sanitiser must be available at entry and each available exit, and must be encouraged to be used via signage or other means.

Are auction houses and in-person real estate auctions permitted?

Yes. Outdoor auction houses and real estate auctions may occur with at least 2 square metres per person. All attendees should practice physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from other people. Auction houses must comply with the 100/300 rule with at least 2 square metres per person.

Are auction houses permitted?

Auction houses are permitted to reopen with 100 people at any one time, per single undivided space, or up to 300 in the entire venue applying the two square metre rule and physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from other people.

Are in-person real estate auctions permitted?

Real Estate auctions are permitted to reopen and are subject to the usual prohibited gathering rules, with the 2 square metre rule applied

Sport and recreation

Phase 3 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap sees the following easing of restrictions related to sport and recreation:

  • gyms can reopen provided they are staffed and undertake regular cleaning
  • equipment can be shared but should be cleaned regularly
  • change rooms and shower facilities can now open
  • full contact sport is now permitted, including tackling
  • playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment will also be reopened.

An organisation that controls or operates the premises will need to complete or update their COVID Safety Plan prior to re-opening and explain how the business will take steps to implement the requirements and the advice set out in these guidelines. The business must have it available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer. If your business has multiple premises you must prepare a COVID Safety Plan for each premises.

Other organisations, including sporting organisations, may choose to voluntarily complete a COVID Safety Plan. 

Refer to COVID Safety Guidelines: Sport and Recreation for further information around hygiene requirements.

For venues/spaces where the 100/300 rule and/or 2 square metres rule is an increase from local government approved capacities, the local government determination will apply.

Can my club room open (including bars and restaurants within the clubrooms)?

Club rooms must comply with gathering restrictions which require at least 2 square metres per person, up to a maximum of 100 patrons per single undivided space, up to 300 patrons per venue.

Meals can be served as can alcoholic beverages without a meal. Patrons must be seated while consuming alcohol. 

Each venue must have a COVID Safety Plan that has been developed in consultation with its local government or land manager. Patrons should practice physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from patrons from other households.

Refer to COVID Safety Guidelines: Sport and Recreation for further information around hygiene requirements.

Are outdoor sport and recreation venues open?

Outdoor sporting venues may have up to 100 patrons per training zone at any one time, with at least 2 square metres for each patron.

Notwithstanding there may be separate training zones, there can be no more than 300 people in any one venue.

Large community sporting facilities or wildlife parks, that can accommodate more than 300 patrons, while allowing for two square metres per patron, may apply for an exemption to the 300 patron limit, for a decision by the Chief Health Officer.

The spaces between gatherings should ensure that there is suitable distancing to prevent one gathering encroaching on another.

Can multi-functional facilities open more than one space?

Indoor multi-functional facilities, such as large-scale recreation centres or cultural facilities comprised of multiple functional spaces, are permitted to accommodate up to 100 persons in each undivided space, and 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 up to 100 persons in the pool, up to 100 persons in the 6 court sports hall and up to 100 people in the café provided all relevant physical distancing measures are followed and the revised 2 square metre requirement is met.

A museum that has a main gallery, function centre and a theatre may open with up to 100 persons in the gallery, up to 100 persons in the function centre and up to 100 persons in the theatre, provided all relevant physical distancing measures are followed and the 2 square metre requirement is met.

Large community sporting facilities or wildlife parks, that can accommodate more than 300 patrons, while allowing for two square metres per patron, may apply for an exemption to the 300 patron limit, for a decision by the Chief Health Officer.

Are swimming pools open?

Venues that have swimming pools are subject to the same capacity requirements as other venues.

Swimming pools are permitted to accommodate up to 100 persons in each undivided space, and up to 300 patrons per venue, provided there is at least 2 square metres of floor space per patron.

Change rooms and shower facilities 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 undivided space, and does not exceed 300 across the venue.

Patrons include spectators and swimmers.

Swimming classes can resume. When in the water contact is now permitted.

This measure also applies to swimming pools at hotels and caravan parks.

Can my dance studio open multiple dance spaces?

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, not including instructors.

This means that a dance studio with three separate spaces can accommodate classes in each space at the same time, provided the 100/300 rule is applied as well as the 2 square metre per person rule.

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.

Given full contact sport (including tackling) is allowed, does this include other forms of physical activity for example partner dancing?

Yes, all sport and physical activity that involves close or physical contact with another person is allowed in phase 3. This includes partner dancing and ballet.

Who is and isn’t included in the 100/300 rule per gathering count?

Instructors, trainers, coaches and general venue staff are not included in the 100/300 patron count.

Players, customers, patrons, participants, parents and spectators are included in the count.

Can my gym open?

Yes. You will be able to offer the normal range of training options, including using all gym equipment.

Your gym must have staff present whenever patrons are present for the purpose of ensuring physical distance and hygiene measures, including the cleaning of equipment.

Gyms that are in residential premises (such as an apartment building) and are for use of residents of the premises only, or in a hotel for the use of hotel guests only, do not require staff to be present for supervision purposes. Increased cleaning practice should occur where possible.

You are required to complete a COVID Safety Plan: Sport and Recreation.

Can we now share fitness and sporting equipment?

When training or playing sport, you can share equipment provided it is cleaned between each use. Continue to encourage people to bring their own equipment.

You can also now use shared equipment as part of a fitness class. Hygiene cleaning should take place after each class.

Patrons should be encouraged to wipe down the equipment after each use and the gym supervisor will ensure regular cleaning is carried out during the day.

Can we now use playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment?

Yes. You should ensure that you maintain personal hygiene and wash your hands before and after using this equipment. Bring your own hand sanitiser to use.

Responsible organisations, such as businesses and local governments are not required to complete a COVID Safety plan for re-opening their playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment, however should ensure signage is displayed at their relevant premises, Further information on this can be found at Fact Sheet – Reopening playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment.

Returning to work

When should I return to work?

We want Western Australians back at work as soon as possible. The cautious easing of restrictions will mean more people can return to work, though there will still be some exceptions.

If you’re unsure about whether to return to work, contact your employer to discuss your workplace plan.

What should I do if I’m concerned my workplace is not safe or if I am unhappy with the conditions of my return to work?

In the first instance, you should discuss your concerns with your employer and discuss ways to alleviate them.

If after discussing the matter with your employer you’re dissatisfied or still concerned, you may wish to get further advice and/or contact a workplace advocate.

  • Worksafe WA – 1300 307 877
  • Fair Work Ombudsman – 13 13 94
  • Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission – 61 8 9420 4444
  • Australian Unions – 1300 486 466

I work in the public sector should I return to work?

Employees are to continue returning to their usual places of work and working arrangements.

We’re encouraging the public sector to head back to the office unless you’re unwell or are a vulnerable employee as defined by the AHPPC.

Returning to normal working arrangements for vulnerable employees in high risk categories, including those in high risk work settings, should continue to be managed as per PSLR Circular 6/2020 – Leave arrangements for COVID-19 (PDF 121 KB).

Why don't workplaces/offices have to meet physical distancing requirements?

Gatherings which are necessary for the normal business of offices and other workplaces are not prohibited. Of course, people should still be maintaining physical distancing where possible and practicing good hygiene.

Socialising and community

If I have signed up to the COVIDSafe App, do I have to provide my details to a business required to have a patron register?

Yes.

Can I go to the pub just to have a drink?

Yes, you may order and pay for your drinks at the bar, but you will need to be seated at all times while consuming alcohol, maintain physical distancing and practice good hygiene.

Food businesses are encouraged to consider queues at the bar in their COVID Safety Plans, and patrons are encouraged to distance themselves 1.5m from other patrons.

Can I buy a drink at the bar if I’m going to sit down to drink it?

You can order and pay for your drinks at the bar but you must be seated to consume it.

Food businesses are encouraged to consider queues at the bar in their COVID Safety Plans and patrons are encouraged to distance themselves 1.5m from other patrons.

Can I now go and play pool or go ten pin bowling?

Yes. Patrons should take all reasonable steps to keep at least 1.5 metres away from other patrons when using these facilities and practice good hygiene.

Can I use a BBQ and other public amenities at a park/public open space?

Yes, you can. You should ensure you are practicing proper personal hygiene and physical distancing, and following the guidance available on the signs displayed in the park/public open space.

For owners or operators of these spaces, refer to the Fact Sheet – Reopening playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment which includes guidance of signage that can be placed at these areas.

How many people can attend weddings and funerals?

Up to either 100 attendees indoors or 300 attendees for outdoor weddings and funerals, provided that there is at least 2 square metres of floor space per person. Capacity limits do not include staff and officiators.

Is my local library, senior centre or community/youth facility open?

Libraries and community facilities such as youth centres or senior citizens centres are permitted to open, with a 100 patron limit per undivided space, up to 300 patrons per venue — ensuring there is at least 2 square metres of floor space per patron.

Can my elderly relatives leave the house and socialise?

Yes. There is no prohibition on elderly relatives leaving the house. However, it is recommended they follow current health advice.

Have the rules changed for visits to aged care facilities?

Rules around visiting aged care facilities remain unchanged in phase 3.

Visits to aged care facilities are limited to: 

  • a short duration
  • one care and support visit per day, with a maximum of two visitors at a time
  • emergency management, law enforcement or otherwise responding to an emergency (for example a police officer, fire fighter or ambulance officer)
  • providing goods or services for the effective operation of the facility.

You should not enter the facility if you have:

  • returned from overseas in the last 12 days
  • been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • a fever or symptoms of acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath)
  • not had an up-to-date influenza vaccination.

While the provision of Aged Care is a Commonwealth Government responsibility, both the WA State and Commonwealth Governments have strongly urged aged care facilities to follow National Cabinet recommendations regarding visitation, rather than a full facility lockdown.

Do I need to have a flu vaccination to visit an aged care facility?

Yes. People are allowed to visit relatives in aged care facilities as long as they can demonstrate receipt of this year’s flu vaccination.

This restriction has been put in place to protect older Australians who are at most risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19.

Can I visit a friend or relative in hospital?

The number of people permitted to visit a friend or relative in hospital during visiting hours has increased to two people at one time.

Children are able to return as visitors and maternity patients can now be accompanied by two birthing partners.

Visitor restrictions to confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients remain in place at all public hospitals.

As always, people should not visit patients in hospitals if they are unwell and the guidelines still stipulate that visitors should not enter a hospital if they:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19;
  • have a fever or a cold or a flu-like illness, including symptoms such as, sore throat, cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing;
  • have travelled outside Australia and are therefore required to self-isolate for 14 days; or
  • have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus and are therefore required to self-isolate for 14 days

Can I visit an inmate in prison?

To protect Western Australia’s prisoners, detainees and staff from the spread of COVID-19, social prison visits have been suspended.

Additional phone calls and e-visits are available to maintain contact with family, friends and loved ones. 

Prison visits have been suspended around Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit COVID-19 update for Department of Justice for more information.

Travel

Can I now travel or holiday around Western Australia?

Regional restrictions have been lifted to allow people to travel anywhere within WA (except into 274 remote Aboriginal communities).

For more details see regional travel information.

People going on holiday should ensure they continue to practice physical distancing measures and good hygiene and not go on holiday if they are feeling unwell.

For information on exemptions for entry into remote Aboriginal communities visit COVID-19 coronavirus: Remote Aboriginal communities - restrictions on entering.

Can I go to Rottnest Island?

Yes. Rottnest Island and its surrounding waters can be accessed by the public. Visit the Rottnest Island website for more information.

Will the WA state borders be open in time for Christmas?

The Western Australian border will only be reopened when it is appropriate to do so based on health advice for WA. It will be assessed and considered once Phase 4 is introduced.

Can I go camping now?

Yes. Please observe the following:

  • maintain physical distancing
  • the 2 square metres per person rule should be applied with particular attention to shared facilities and areas such as ablutions/camp kitchens and other communal areas
  • good hygiene practices.

Entry into remote Aboriginal communities remains restricted.

Can people come into WA for a holiday now?

No. Western Australia’s hard border closure remains in place and no exemptions will be given for people to holiday in WA.

Education – TAFE, universities and schools

Attendance at school is now compulsory, except for those who are recognised as medically vulnerable or who have medically vulnerable family members.

We encourage the return to normal arrangements where possible and in accordance with the health guidelines.

TAFE has now resumed some face-to-face classes. Students are encouraged to attend where classes are held. Check with your local TAFE.

The resumption of face-to-face University lectures is not a State decision, we encourage people to return to work and study where possible and it is safe to do so.

Can I go into school with my child or do I still need to drop them at the school gate?

Yes, parents or guardians are allowed onto school grounds to drop off or pick up their children.

Religious practices

Communion requires the sharing of a cup, can this practice continue?

This practise is not advised. Current health advice should be followed.

Can I go to church or my place of worship?

Yes, places of worship are permitted to open with capacity limits of 100 people per single undivided space up to 300 total in the entire venue, excluding the people required to conduct the service.

There should be 2 square metres of floor space per person and patrons should practice physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from other patrons from other households.

Churches must keep an attendance record for contact tracing.

Page reviewed 8 July 2020
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