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

Information about current restrictions in Western Australia.

Last updated: 15 May 2021 at 12.01am

Pre-lockdown life has resumed for the Perth and Peel regions. Some restrictions still remain in place across Western Australia.

WA remains in a State of Emergency and to keep WA safe it is important to know what you can and can’t do.

General restrictions

The following restrictions remain in place for WA.

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Contact registers

Contact tracing is important to support public health efforts if a positive case is detected in the community.

If a person tests positive to COVID-19, contact registers help the WA Department of Health quickly contact people who may have been in the same location at the same time.

It is mandatory for most businesses and venues to maintain a contact register, and people visiting these premises must check-in.

The WA Government’s SafeWA app is an easy way for people to easily check-in at businesses. Written contact registers must also be made available as an alternative.

Visit the Contact registers page for more information.

Capacity restrictions

There are different capacity limits for different types of venues, based on the latest health advice.

The below lists outline what restrictions apply.

100 per cent capacity

Certain indoor and outdoor venues with ticketed fixed seating are permitted to operate at 100 per cent of the fixed seating capacity. This applies to:

  • WA’s major venues (Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium – Main Arena, HBF Park)
  • Indoor and outdoor fixed seating entertainment spaces including:
    • auditoriums and amphitheatres
    • theatres
    • concert halls
    • cinemas
    • comedy lounges
    • performing arts centres.

Places of worship can have 100 per cent of the capacity of a space being used for formal worship.

Fixed seating includes those seats that are affixed to the floor or fastened together in blocks of no less than four or that form part of the immovable structure of a place (e.g. tiers of a grandstand or amphitheatre).

75 per cent capacity

Specified hospitality venues that only provide seated service are permitted to operate at 75 per cent capacity. This applies to:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels (excluding bottleshops)
  • Cafes
  • Food courts
  • Bars with seated service only.

Venues with both seating and standing arrangements

Mixed venues where seating and standing is permitted must continue to apply the 2 square metre rule for the entire premises, unless the seated space is separated from the standing or mixed area and there is a sufficient dividing structure segregating the two areas.

If the seated and standing areas in a mixed venue are sufficiently segregated, the area providing the seated service only can operate at 75 per cent capacity.

2 square metre (2sqm) rule

The 2sqm rule remains for all other venues. This includes:

  • Nightclubs
  • Unseated bars
  • Unseated events/festivals (music, beer, wine, cultural etc.)
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Sport and recreation facilities including gyms, recreation centres, group fitness classes and indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Amusement parks
  • Wildlife parks and Perth Zoo
  • Function centres
  • Community, recreation or youth centres or facilities, including but not limited to community halls, sporting clubs, Returned and Services League facilities, and Police and Community Youth Centres
  • Adult entertainment premises, including but not limited to strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues
  • Casino and gambling venues
  • Arcades
  • Funeral parlours
  • Events that involve unfixed seating (e.g. BYO chair concerts).

Applying 75 per cent capacity or the 2sqm rule

You can continue applying the 2sqm rule if, due to the layout of your premises, 75 per cent of the capacity is less than the capacity allowed under the 2sqm rule.

The owner or person in charge will still need to comply with any other legal requirements to which they are otherwise subject.

Capacity limits for events

Events with over 500 people are subject to the 2sqm rule up to a maximum of 10,000 people.

There may be increased capacity if an event is held at a venue where increased capacity applies, such as some outdoor seated events (i.e. events at Optus Stadium; outdoor auditoriums). This depends on the nature of the event and is subject to an approved COVID Event Plan.

COVID Event Plans are required for public or private events of more than 500 patrons that requires a Local Government Authority approval.

For more information visit COVID-19 coronavirus: Events.

Controlled border

WA’s controlled border arrangement is based on public health advice, and permits travel from interstate and New Zealand, subject to conditions.

Everyone arriving to WA must complete a G2G PASS before they travel.

If you are required to quarantine upon entering WA, it is encouraged that you download the G2G Now app to enable virtual quarantine checks.

Aged care

To help protect people in aged care, family members can visit residents, but some additional restrictions are in place. 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.

Additionally, quarantine centre workers must wear a face mask and keep 1.5 metres away from other people when visiting residential aged care facilities.  

Remote Aboriginal communities

There are more than 200 remote Aboriginal communities who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than other Western Australians.

To help keep the communities safe from COVID-19, there are strict travel restrictions in place.

More information

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.

It’s important to maintain physical distancing where possible and use good personal hygiene to protect yourself and the general health of our community. 

Page reviewed 17 May 2021