COVID-19 coronavirus: What you can and can't do

Physical distancing and hygiene information.

Last updated: 17 September 2020 at 4.16pm

Current restrictions

Due to the world-leading response to COVID in WA, Phase 4 started on Saturday, 27 June (11.59pm Friday, 26 June) and has resulted in further easing of restrictions, including:

  • all existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed 
  • gathering limits now only determined by WA's reduced 2 square metre rule 
  • the 2 square metre rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons 
  • removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises 
  • no requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licensed premises 
  • alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements 
  • all events permitted except for music festivals 
  • unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs 
  • gyms operating unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained 
  • the casino gaming floor reopening under agreed temporary restrictions. 

For WA's major sport and entertainment venues, a 50 per cent capacity rule will apply. Therefore, under Phase 4, the temporary capacity of Optus Stadium will be 30,633 for sport events (35,000 for concerts), HBF Park can hold 10,150 (16,500 for concerts) and RAC Arena can hold 7150 (8250 for concerts). 

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. 

WA businesses will be expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented. 

More information

For more information on Phase 4 easing of restrictions and what they mean for community and business, please read our frequently asked questions.

Advice for business

Businesses across Western Australia need to comply with conditions outlined in the COVID Safety Guidelines and prepare a COVID Safety Plan before they reopen, to protect staff and customers.

Return to work

Western Australians are encouraged to return to work, unless they are unwell or vulnerable.

Regional travel

Travel is now permitted throughout WA, except for entry into remote Aboriginal communities:

Travel exemptions are still required to enter WA.

Camping and recreational activities

Campgrounds within national parks, reserves and State forest are open. You can camp at these sites and caravan parks. Attractions such as Monkey Mia, Barna Mia and the Tree Top Walk have reopened.

Visiting residents in aged care

While family members can visit residents in aged care, some additional restrictions remain in place to protect vulnerable residents.

You should not visit if you have:

  • returned from overseas in the last 14 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.

View the Visitors to Residential Aged Care Facilities Directions (no. 3).

Prison visits resume

Social visits to Western Australian prisons resumed on Saturday, 27 June.

The face-to-face visits resumed in line with health advice, including: 

  • physical distancing
  • hygiene practices
  • individual assessments of visitors before they enter the prison, including taking their temperature.

General security measures have been tightened and tough new penalties have also been introduced for visitors trying to bring in contraband, such as drugs.

Custodial gymnasiums and sporting ovals have already reopened, and religious services have already resumed.

For more information see the Warning for prison visitors ahead of visits resuming this Saturday media statement.

Physical distancing and hygiene

Every Western Australian needs to play their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means following good hygiene habits and physical distancing.

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work, don’t go to school, don’t go out (except to get tested), and don’t have visitors.
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others.
  • Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others. Avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
  • Use tap and pay instead of cash.
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a flexed elbow or a tissue; if you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and appropriately.

For more information see Australian Government advice for physical distancing.

WA remains in a State of Emergency, and various restrictions are enforceable by fines of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for businesses. Police officers also have the power to issue $1000 on-the-spot fines.

Page reviewed 17 September 2020