COVID-19 coronavirus: Business and industry recovery

Latest information and advice, including economic and health support measures and restrictions.

Last updated: 9 July 2020 at 7.39pm

Phase 4 of the WA Roadmap came into effect on Saturday, 27 June. The number of people permitted to gather has increased and additional businesses can reopen.

On this page you will find information on:

Phase 4

As further restrictions are eased as part of Phase 4, all Western Australians and all businesses must ensure we are taking necessary steps and precautions to live and operate in a COVID Safe Environment. 

Western Australians must continue to keep up physical distancing where possible and good personal hygiene to better protect themselves and the general health of our community. 

As part of Phase 4, there is no limit on the number of patrons permitted in a venue, however, the 2 square metre rule and physical distancing apply. This means the maximum number of patrons permitted is based on the size of the venue. 

Large hospitality venues that can hold more than 500 patrons need to include staff in their patron count.  

For WA’s major sport and entertainment venues, a 50 per cent capacity rule applies: 

Optus Stadium 
Sport: 30,633 
Concerts: 35,000 

HBF Park 
Sport: 10,150 
Concerts: 16,500 

RAC Arena 
Sport: 7150 
Concerts: 8250 

Other changes in Phase 4 for food businesses and licensed premises include:  

  • removal of seated service requirements 
  • no requirement to maintain patron register 
  • alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements. 

All events are permitted except for large scale, multi-stage music festivals.  

Unseated performances are also permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs.  

The casino gaming floor has reopened under agreed temporary restrictions.  

Gyms are permitted to operate unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained. 

Good hygiene practices, physical distancing and frequent cleaning should continue to be observed.

COVID Safety Guidelines and Plans 

COVID Safety Guidelines for Phase 4 have been updated. 

Business that were required to close under the Directions and are reopening for the first time in Phase 4 must complete a COVID Safety Plan. The COVID Safety Guidelines  will help you complete your plan. The plan should be available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer. If your organisation has multiple premises, you must prepare a COVID Safety Plan for each one. 

WA businesses that reopened in earlier phases should ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented, using the COVID Safety Guidelines.

For more information on what changes to restrictions mean for your business, see Phase 4 frequently asked questions



Returning to work

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Western Australians are encouraged to return to work, unless they are unwell or vulnerable. If you are concerned or unsure about returning to work, you should contact your employer.
If you are concerned about the safety of your workplace or unhappy with the conditions of your return to work, speak with your employer. If you’re still concerned after discussing the matter with your employer, you may wish to contact the following organisations for further advice:

  • Worksafe WA - 1300 307 877
  • Fair Work Ombudsman - 13 13 94
  • Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission - (08) 9420 4444
  • Australian Unions - 1300 486 466

General advice for employers

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  • Don’t send staff to be tested at either COVID clinics  or through GP referrals unless they meet testing criteria.
  • Don’t send staff to COVID-19 clinics or GPs for medical clearances or certificates.
  • Encourage and practice quality personal hygiene, as you would in the winter flu season — this includes covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often with soap or sanitiser, and staying away from work if unwell.
  • Anyone instructed to self-isolate by a medical professional must take the request seriously and stay home to avoid putting others at risk. This means you don’t leave your property, go to work or school, go on outings or have visitors. The only time to leave the house is to seek medical attention.
  • Keep up to date with latest advice from the Department of Health.
Page reviewed 9 July 2020
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