COVID-19 coronavirus: Business and industry recovery

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

Last updated: 3 June 2020 at 7.51pm

Phased reopening of businesses

The WA Government has developed a 4-phase roadmap to help businesses reopen safely, based on the best health advice for WA. 

Businesses across WA need to prepare a COVID-19 Safety Plan to reopen, to protect staff and customers.

If your business opened in Phase 2, please review the Phase 3 guidelines and update your COVID Safety Plan accordingly.

If your business capacity can increase in Phase 3, you must reflect this on a new COVID Safety Plan certificate.

Premises that were not required to close may choose to voluntarily complete a COVID Safety Plan and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate.

Gathering restrictions in Phase 2 and Phase 3 do not apply to:

  • office buildings and factories
  • schools and childcare facilities
  • retail stores and shopping centres
  • supermarkets, fresh food markets and grocery stores
  • mining and construction sites
  • public transport and vehicles.

However, you should still practice physical distancing and good hygiene.

Reopening in Phase 2

From 18 May, restrictions have been relaxed as part of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap. This phase allows some businesses to reopen, subject to completion of a COVID Safety Plan and adherence to the guidelines.

Businesses that can reopen during Phase 2 include:

  • cafés and restaurants with meal service, including within pubs, bars, clubs, hotels and the casino
  • outdoor or indoor fitness classes with no shared equipment, such as yoga, Pilates, bootcamp, gymnastics and dance
  • public pools (1 indoor and 1 outdoor) with strict rules
  • non-contact community sport
  • places of worship, community facilities and libraries
  • weddings and funerals (up to 30 attendees outside).

The WA Government is encouraging Western Australians to support local businesses

Some businesses remain closed/have limited operations during Phase 2, including:

  • nail, tanning and waxing salons
  • spa and massage parlours
  • cinemas
  • indoor and outdoor play centres
  • concert venues, theatres and stadiums
  • amusement parks and arcades
  • galleries and museums.

These business can reopen in Phase 3 of the roadmap.

Reopening in Phase 3

From 6 June, restrictions will be further relaxed as part of Phase 3 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap. This phase allows more businesses to reopen and some businesses to further increase capacity and services, subject to completion of a COVID Safety Plan and adherence to the guidelines.

COVID Safety Guidelines and Plans

Phase 2 reopening requirements:

  • ensure a maximum of 20 people per venue (excluding staff)
  • comply with the Phase 2 COVID Safety Guidelines — please read these before completing your plan
  • ensure the person responsible for the premises completes a Phase 2 COVID Safety Plan
  • display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate in a visible location on the premises — this is included in the plan
  • maintain a minimum of 4 square metres per person
  • maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning
  • maintain attendance records of patrons for contact tracing (and keep for 28 days until after the State of Emergency Directions expire)
  • carefully manage waiting areas to ensure physical distancing.

Phase 3 reopening requirements:

  • ensure up to 100 patrons per single undivided space, up to a maximum of 300 patrons per premises (excluding staff)
  • comply with the Phase 3 COVID Safety Guidelines — please read these before completing your plan
  • ensure the person responsible for the premises completes a Phase 3 COVID Safety Plan
  • display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate in a visible location on the premises — this is included in the plan
  • maintain a minimum of 2 square metres per person
  • maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning
  • maintain attendance records of patrons for contact tracing (and keep for 28 days until after the State of Emergency Directions expire)
  • carefully manage waiting areas to ensure physical distancing.

Tailored guidelines and plans have also been developed for:

COVID Safety Plans are an important part of ensuring that reopening businesses does not increase the risk of spreading COVID-19. Businesses must ensure their COVID Safety Plan is available for inspection by authorised officers. Failure to complete a COVID Safety Plan may mean your business is putting the community at risk.

Premises that were not required to close may choose to voluntarily complete a COVID Safety Plan and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate.

For more information on what changes to restrictions mean for your business:

Phase 3 exemptions to 300 person limit

In Phase 3, large community sporting facilities or wildlife parks 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.

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 3 June 2020
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