Over the past couple of months, West Australians have revelled in their newly reinstated freedom to be able to get back to the gym, feast at our favourite restaurants and travel across our beautiful state.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced new rules today, Monday 22 June and it's all good news.
Our four-phase road map has been adapted to a six-phase roadmap, and we'll be entering phase 4 this weekend on Saturday 27 June.
Here's what each phase looks like.
Phase Two: Monday 18 May
Phase Two saw a significant easing of current restrictions, including:
- Social gatherings of up to 20 people, both indoors and outdoors.
- West Australians are encouraged to return to work they are unless unwell or are considered vulnerable.
- Cafes and restaurants can open for dine-in meal services with a maximum of 20 people. The four square metre rule still applies. This includes pubs, bars, community clubs, hotels and even the casino. The State Government will also be working with local governments to encourage the relaxation of alfresco dining boundaries.
- Up to 20 people can now attend indoor weddings and funerals, while 30 people can attend the services if they are held outdoors.
- Places of worship, community facilities and libraries can re-open with a maximum of 20 patrons.
- Public swimming pools can reopen with a maximum of 20 people at any one time.
- Beauty salons can re-open for retail only.
- Non-contact community sports can be played with up to 20 people.
- Outdoor and indoor fitness classes, provided there is minimal shared equipment, can take place with up to 20 people.
- Intrastate travel restrictions are being eased, more on that below.
Intrastate Travel Restrictions in Phase two
In Phase Two, WA intrastate travel regions were originally reduced to just four. This was revised on Monday 25 May and now there are just two regions:
- Perth, Peel, the South West, Great Southern, the Wheatbelt, Midwest, Gascoyne and Pilbara and The Goldfields are now one region.
- The Kimberley, and 274 Aboriginal communities, will remain as biosecurity zones and off-limits to us for now.
Rottnest will re-open in Phase 3.
McGowan is hoping to ease restrictions to Broome and certain parts of the Kimberley by Friday 5 June, but travel to remote areas and Aboriginal communities will likely be restricted for a while longer yet, so watch this space.
Phase Three: Saturday 6 June
Phase Three saw:
- An increase in the number of people who can attend social gatherings to 100, for both indoor and outdoor gatherings, provided there is two square metres per person.
- Indoor and outdoor venues with multiple, divided spaces can have up to 300 people, with 100 people in each space.
- Bars, restaurants, pubs and cafes can serve alcohol without a meal.
- Beauty therapy and personal care businesses can re-open.
- Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment can re-open.
- Full contact sports and training can resume, along with gyms and all fitness classes.
- The re-opening of cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, concert venues, cinemas, zoos, amusement parks and arcades.
Phase Four: Saturday 27 June
Phase Four will see:
- All existing gathering limits (previously 100 people, or up to 300 people in venues with multiple spaces) removed.
- Gathering limits are now determined solely by WA's unique two square metre rule.
- The requirement to be seated to have a drink will be removed meaning you can stand at the bar and have a pint, plus wine tastings should be back to business as usual.
- Venues will no longer be required to maintain a patron register.
- Unseated performances will be allowed at venues including live concert halls and live music venues.
- Gyms may operate unstaffed.
- The casino gaming floor will re-open, though every second machine will be turned off to ensure physical distancing can be maintained.
- Major sport and entertainment venues can operate under 50% capacity rule. This means Optus Stadium can hold up to 30,000 people, while RAC Arena can host 7,000 to 8,000 people, depending on the setup.
Phase Five: Saturday 18 July
Phase Five is set to commence on Saturday 18 July if all is going to plan. It will see the removal of the two square metre rule and all other gathering restrictions including the 50% capacity rule on entertainment venues.
Phase Six: TBA
Phase Six will be assessed at a later date and will outline when the hard interstate border can be lifted. That's still a way off so start planning your WA getaway.
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