WA has woken up to some incredible news – the remaining capacity restrictions on local venues and events have now been lifted, meaning we’ve moved to Phase 5.
The two square metre rule has been scrapped, as has the 75 per cent capacity limit for hospitality and entertainment venues.
This means major events of all kinds can now resume with no limits on size or crowds.
Mandatory contact registers will remain.
“It might not sound like the biggest change in the world, but for some businesses it will make a significant difference, and it will mean a range of events will finally be viable again,” Premier Mark McGowan posted to Facebook at 12.01am.
He also said, however, WA wasn’t completely out of the woods just yet.
“This move is only possible because of the protection of our controlled border arrangements, the hard international border, as well as the use of contact registers and by maintaining our vigilance.
“But to have reached this point, and to be able to safely take this step, is simply incredible.”
Meanwhile, McGowan said he was confident WA had adequate supply of the Pfizer vaccine to cater for demand among an expanded cohort that now includes people aged in their 50s.
WA currently gets about 28,000 doses per week, a figure which is set to increase to 35,000 by the end of July.
About five per cent of West Australian adults are fully vaccinated.
Mr McGowan said he believed it could take until the middle of 2022 for the national rollout to progress enough that overseas travel could safely resume.
“I think that’s only possible when the vast majority of Australians are vaccinated or have had the opportunity to be vaccinated,” he said on Tuesday.
He also announced the Perth Royal Show would return in September after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
It will be partly underwritten by the state government through a $4 million funding boost to the Royal Agricultural Society of WA.
Tickets will be discounted by 25 per cent as part of an initiative aimed at helping the events industry to recover lost revenue.