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

Information about current restrictions.

Last updated: 8 May 2021 at 7:37am

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

Restrictions eased further for Perth and Peel

Perth and Peel have largely returned to pre-lockdown conditions, with some restrictions remaining in place.

The remaining restrictions are based on the latest public health advice and involve capacity limits and mask wearing in certain settings. Most other activities, sport and events in the community can safely resume under pre-lockdown requirements.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or if you have visited the list of potential COVID-19 exposure sites, get tested.

A list of testing sites and locations (external link) is available.

 

Masks

You should carry a mask with you when you leave the home.

Masks must be worn:

  • On public transport, including buses, ferries and trains.
  • For staff, visitors, and contractors at residential aged care facilities.
  • For all visitors to hospitals and disability facilities.
  • At events with a crowd capacity of more than 1,000 people, including at major stadiums (and including when entering and exiting the major stadium).
  • In all other circumstances where special mask requirements were in place prior to the special lockdown mask requirements. Wearing masks at airports and on flights are examples.

People who have been in Perth or Peel in the previous 14 days and are now in other regions must also follow these requirements.

Regular exemptions for mask-wearing apply, including:

  • the person is communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication;
  • the nature of a person’s occupation means that wearing a face covering is impractical to perform that occupation or creates a risk to their health and safety;
  • the person needs to temporarily remove their face covering so as to enable another person to appropriately perform their occupation;
  • the nature of a person’s work or the activity that they are engaging in means that clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential;
  • the person is consuming food, drink or medicine;
  • the person is asked to remove the face covering to ascertain identity;
  • not wearing a face covering is required for emergency purposes (other than emergency preparation or emergency preparation activities, unless another exemption specified in this paragraph applies);
  • the person is working in the absence of others in an enclosed indoor space (unless and until another person enters that indoor space);
  • not wearing a face covering is otherwise required or authorised by law; or
  • wearing a face covering is not safe in all the circumstances.

For more details on masks and best practices, visit the Healthy WA website.

Gatherings.

  • Maximum of 100 people permitted for private gatherings in the home (indoors or outdoors).
  • Private gatherings in public areas (e.g. a birthday party in a park) can have up to 500 people.

Events

  • Events with over 500 people subject to 2sqm rule up to a maximum of 10,000 people and are required to have an approved COVID Event Plan

Weddings and funerals

  • Can proceed with up to 200 guests and 2sqm rule applies
  • Exemptions can be sought for above 200 attendees where there is 2sqm of publicly accessible space per person.

People wishing to apply for an exemption to have more than 200 attendees can download and complete the Weddings and Funerals Exemption Form. Email your signed form to DoH.WeddingsFunerals@health.wa.gov.au. Please note, exemptions are only required at this stage for weddings and funerals occurring up to and including Friday, 14 May.

Venue capacity limits

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

100 per cent capacity

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

  • auditoriums and amphitheatres
  • theatres
  • concert halls
  • cinemas
  • comedy lounges
  • performing arts centres.

Places of worship will be able to have 100 per cent of the capacity of a space being used for formal worship.

75 per cent capacity

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

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

Certain seated indoor and outdoor venues with fixed seating are permitted to operate at 75 per cent of the fixed seating capacity. This applies to:

  • WA’s major venues (Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium – Main Arena, HBF Park).

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)

Travel

  • Regional travel permitted
  • Restrictions on entering remote Aboriginal communities.

Hospitals, residential aged care and disability care facilities

  • A hospital patient or resident of an aged care or disability facility may only have four visitors per resident, per day
  • Masks must be worn for all staff, visitors, and contractors at residential aged care facilities.
  • Masks must be worn for all visitors to hospitals and disability facilities.

Contact registers

  • 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
  • Paper-based registers must also be made available as an alternative.
  • Visit the Contact registers page for more information.

 

Restrictions in all other regions

This includes the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne, Mid-West, Wheatbelt, Goldfields, Great Southern and South West regions.

 

Restrictions on capacity

100 per cent capacity

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

  • auditoriums and amphitheatres
  • theatres
  • concert halls
  • cinemas
  • comedy lounges
  • performing arts centres.

Places of worship will be able to have 100 per cent of the capacity of a space being used for formal worship.

75 per cent capacity

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

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

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
  • Function centres
  • Community, recreation or youth centre or facility, 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)

Aged care

  • Visitors permitted to aged care facilities, unless the person: 
    • has returned from overseas in the last 14 days;
    • has been informed they are a close contact; 
    • has symptoms (fever of 37.5 degrees or above, recent history of fever shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, loss of smell or taste); 
    • has not had an up-to-date influenza vaccination.

Remote Aboriginal communities

Controlled border

  • WA is in a safe and sensible Controlled border arrangement, based on public health advice.
  • Interstate travel is permitted into and around WA, depending on where travellers have come from and who they’ve had contact with in the 14 days prior to travel. They are also subject to conditions, including completing a G2G PASS declaration prior to entry.
  • People wishing to enter WA from other jurisdictions should review current travel advice in their state or territory.
  • WA’s Chief Health Officer continues to closely monitor community transmission in other states and territories, and will advise the WA Government if any changes to our borders are required to keep Western Australians protected.

More information

Page reviewed 11 May 2021