Over the last few weeks, West Australians have revelled in their newly reinstated freedom to be able to picnic in the park, go camping and fishing and hang out in groups of 10, all while sticking with the physical distancing, of course.
With only seven active cases in WA, talk has turned to when other freedoms will return, and today, Sunday 10 May, Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced WA's four-stage plan for coming out of lockdown over the next few months.
Phase One: 27 April
We entered phase one ahead of the national government announcements made on Friday 8 May, and we will remain in phase one until next Monday 18 May. The current rules allow for:
- Social gatherings of up to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.
- 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.
You can find everything that's allowed and prohibited here.
Phase Two: Monday 18 May
Phase Two will see a significant easing of current restrictions, including:
- Social gatherings of up to 20 people, both indoors and outdoors.
- West Australian's 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 will be reduced to just four.
- Perth, Peel, the South West, Great Southern and the Wheatbelt will form one region.
- Midwest, Gascoyne and Pilbara will form one region.
- The Goldfields will remain as one region.
- The Kimberley will remain as one region.
Rottnest will remain as a quarantine region for now.
Phase Three: Date TBA
Phase Three will be finalised in the coming weeks and Premier Mark McGowan expects it to come into play approximately four weeks after Phase Two begins. This will, of course, depend on the most up to date health advice.
Phase Three will likely see:
- A further increase in the number of people who can attend social gatherings.
- Further relaxation of measures for cafes and restaurants.
- Further relaxation of regional travel restrictions.
- Further relaxation for beauty salons.
- The re-opening of cinemas, outdoor gym equipment, playgrounds and outdoor skate parks and further relaxation on restrictions around contact community sports.
Phase Four: Date TBA
Phase Four will be assessed at a later date, but the Premier has confirmed that the hard interstate border will likely be the last restriction to be lifted, so start planning your WA getaway.
Read all about the current restrictions here.
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