While Victoria grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections, WA is about to enter Phase 4 of its roadmap to recovery.
Only very few restrictions remain as the state returns to “normal in a COVID safe way”.
Here’s what that means…
From this Saturday, June 27:
- Other than the 2sqm rule, all limits on gatherings will be scrapped so there’s now no excuse to bail on your cousin’s third baby gender reveal party, sorry
- Want a drink and a bowl of chips while standing up at the bar? You got it – the requirement that customers in restaurants, bars and pubs be seated will also be scrapped.
- Hospitality venues won’t have to maintain a guest register
- The gaming floor at Crown will reopen, however every second machine at the cas will, for now, be turned off
- For those who have a 24-hour gym membership, you can now use it to its full capacity. Gyms will be able to be open without staff present, so there goes my last excuse. Great.
- We still have to wait for the OK for ‘large scale, multi-stage music festivals’, but gigs at music venues are now permitted. Yep, we can go see some music! The requirement for seated performances only has been thrown out.
- Major sporting and entertainment venues such as Optus Stadium will be permitted to operate at 50% capacity, making way for up to 30,000 spectators at AFL matches… but we’ll keep you posted on this!
Phase 5 to come into effect on July 18, which will include the removal of the 2sqm and the 50% rule, meaning major venues can accommodate full capacity and all kinds of events can take place.
Phase 6 is the re-opening of WA’s borders. This was earmarked for August 8 but could be unlikely due to the recent outbreak in Victoria.