Learn What The New Stage 3 Lockdown Rules Mean For Perth

By Ben Tyers
30th Mar 2020


Western Australia is now in Phase One of the new road map to life restrictions that were put in place to tackle the spread of Coronavirus.

This is current as at Sunday 10 May and will stay in place until Sunday 17 May. You can see when the next three phases will come into play and what to expect from each of them here.

Should You Stay Home?

Premier Mark McGowan has announced that restrictions around social gatherings have been eased from two people to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors. That means you're now free to enjoy the fresh air at a picnic with friends, kick your outdoor workouts back into motion and go camping within your own region (intrastate travel bans are still in place for now), among other things.

The official list of reasons you can now leave home includes:

  • Shopping for what you need, such as food or other necessary supplies
  • Medical or health care needs, including compassionate requirements
  • Exercise, including outdoor personal training without shared equipment
  • Training or University study, where remote learning is unavailable
  • Childcare or school
  • Work
  • Non-contact recreational activities such as private picnics in the park, fishing, boating, hiking and camping—all in compliance with travel restrictions and the new 10-person rule
  • Home opens and display village openings, with appropriate record keeping and hygiene practices in place, and in compliance with the 10-person rule

What Will Be Closed?

From 12pm Monday 23 March, the following businesses were forced to close. These closures remain in place for now.

  • Pubs
  • Clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Casinos
  • Nightclubs
  • Indoor places of worship
  • Gyms and yoga studios
  • Indoor sporting venues
  • Waxing and beauty salons
  • Nail salons
  • Spas and massage parlours (health-related services are exempt)
  • Amusement parks and arcades 
  • Indoor and outdoor play centres 
  • Swimming pools 
  • Large outdoor sporting activities are banned 
  • Playgrounds 
  • Skate Parks 
  • Outdoor gyms

What Will Still Be Open?

Businesses that are declared as "essential services" will remain open, they include the following:

  • Restaurants and cafes in a takeaway only capacity 
  • Supermarkets
  • Shopping centres 
  • Retail stores 
  • Hotels (accommodation only) 
  • Banks
  • Petrol Stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Convenience Stores
  • Freight and logistics businesses
  • Food delivery services
  • Bottle shops
  • Hairdressers and barbers
  • Food markets
  • Outdoor personal training (in compliance with the 10 person rule) 

How Long Will The Lockdown Last?

Phase Two kicks in on Monday 18 May, find out all about it here.

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Image credit: Nancy Hanna

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