Western Australia: COVID-19 Restrictions from 05/06/2020
From June 5th, the rules in Western Australia will follow part 3 of 6-step
plan. While phase 4 can be activated from 27th June 2020.
Here are the answers to the questions many have:
Can I visit my friends or family?
Up to 100 people are allowed to gather publicly and privately per single undivided space. Up to 300 people can gather together in total over multiple spaces. From 27 June, all gathering limits, along with the 100/300 rule, will be removed. Instead, gatherings will be governed by the one person per two square meters rule.
Can I have a party?
If you are only inviting 100 people, inclusive of children, you are allowed to
have a party. 300 people are allowed to gather in outdoor multiple spaces.
Can I go to a restaurant or café?
Cafés and restaurants will be allowed to open. Businesses will need to ensure each customer has at least four-square-meters.
Can I start bringing my reusable coffee cup to the café again?
A new contact-free initiative from Responsible Cafés could see many coffee shops allowing personal reusable takeaway cups allowed back in, however, this is up to individual cafés.
Can I exercise outdoors?
Outdoor gym facilities will be reopened and outdoor boot camps will be
allowed with a maximum of 100(single indoor space)/300(multiple spaces) people to a group.
Can I go for a swim?
Swimming pools will be allowed to reopen, but they could be capped to a
maximum of 100 swimmers at any one time. Beaches will now remain open.
Can I go to the library?
Libraries may open with restrictions:
- Capacity must not exceed one person per 4 square metres including
- Each library must have a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Can I let the kids loose on the playground?
Public playgrounds will be open again. Physical distancing and hygiene should be practised with the little ones.
Can I go back to the office?
Each business owner can make decisions about what makes the most sense
for their situation. Employers must allow employees to work from home where
it is reasonably practical to do so.
Can I leave Perth?
Residents are allowed to leave their homes for recreational activities including picnics, fishing, boating, or camping. Recreational travel to most nearby regions is now allowed, except for some remote Aboriginal communities. All overseas travel, with very few exceptions, have been banned and is not likely to resume until next year.
Can I go shopping?
Retail stores have been allowed to open. This is under the provision that they
follow the 4-metre rule.
Can I get a haircut or visit my beauty therapist?
Yes, but capacity must not exceed one customer per 4 square meters on the premises.
When am I allowed to leave my house?
You can go out to shop, to work or study (if this cannot be done from home), for fresh air and exercise (with a maximum of 10 people), and for recreational purposes and socializing as long as you are observing social distancing.
Can I get tested if I haven’t been overseas?
Western Australia Health has announced that anyone with the slightest flu-like symptoms should get tested. If you work with vulnerable people, for example, in a nursing home, boarding school, or any other kind of residential facility, and you experience any respiratory symptoms, no matter how mild, you must be tested.
Can I attend weddings and funerals?
Weddings and funerals people are allowed up to 100 while following the four-meter rule. From 27 June, all gathering limits will be removed.
Can I go for a drive?
Yes, you can go out for a drive.
Are dentists open?
Yes, dental services are now open.
Are The Pubs open?
Yes, pubs can open up to seated diners, with one person per every two
square meters. Alcohol may be served without a meal.
Are schools, TAFE colleges and universities back
Yes, all students returned on 18 May. Parents are also now allowed on school
grounds. School libraries can also open for up to 100 people in a shared space
at a time.
What about cinemas, entertainment venues and
Community facilities, galleries, museums, theatres, auditoriums, cinemas, and
concert venues can all reopen, along with Perth Zoo, wildlife and amusement
parks, arcades, skate rinks, and indoor play centers. All venues can have up to
100 people per enclosed space, and up to 300 people across the entire venue.
Can I move houses?
You are allowed to move houses but keeping in mind the social distancing
What does the Australian government’s contact tracing app do?
Dubbed CovidSafe, the technology is based on digital contact tracing, modelled on a similar app used in Singapore. Its purpose is to suppress the issue of ‘community transmission’ – where the infection is spread between people in public.
How long will this last?
Western Australia is currently in stage 3 of a six-stage process on easing social restrictions advised by the federal government, to be rolled out over the next two months. However there is no concrete timeline, and the state governments are not required to follow every recommendation. Certain protocols such as physical distancing may be in place for several more months to come. The World Health Organisation has warned that relaxing lockdown restrictions too quickly, could lead to a resurgence of the outbreak.
It is important to keep in mind that uncertainty can be is a big issue in a
relationship. Not knowing how long this corona pandemic will last for can
cause a lot of anxiety at the moment during COVID-19 isolation.
To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in Australia and how to protect yourself contact the Australian Government Department of Health
For more information and updates contact the health authorities in your current country