COVID-19 Information for Businesses

COVID-19 Information for Businesses

WA ready for the next phase of the COVID-19 roadmap
WA’s COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed even further, as WA’s roadmap is updated to complete the removal of all restrictions, Phase 4 will start on Saturday, 27 June.

Further details of PHASE 4 can be found on WA Government website
https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-wa-roadmap#phase4

What gathering and venue restrictions will be lifted from 11:59pm Friday 26 June 2020?
Phase 4 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap includes:

  • All existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed
  • Gathering limits are now only determined by WA’s reduced social distancing rule of one person per 2sqm
  • The 2sqm per person rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons
  • The removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premise businesses
  • Alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements
  • Major events are permitted except for large-scale multi-stage music festivals
  • Unseated performances are permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs
  • Gyms can operate unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained
  • The casino floor reopening under agreed temporary restrictions

Everyone is encouraged to continue to practice social distancing and good personal hygiene.



 
What does this mean for my business?
  • Businesses will no longer be subject to a defined venue capacity limit
  • The number of people that a venue can accommodate will be determined by the 2 square meters per person rule
  • All other specific restrictions on venues or activities, such as seated service at pubs and bars, have been removed
  • Major events are now permitted, except for large scale multi-stage music festivals
  • The maximum number of people that can attend an event is determined by the 2 square meter rule
  • Large hospitality and event venues that can accommodate more than 500 patrons based on the 2 square meter rule will also need to include staff working in public areas in their 2sqm rule

More information is available in the safety guidelines.
For Food Businesses, Entertainment and Hospitality

Food businesses can now expand their dine-in capacity in line with the requirements below: 

  • Ensuring the 2 square metre rule is followed 
  • Completing or updating a COVID Safety Plan and having it available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer 
  • Displaying a COVID Safety Plan Certificate in a prominent location visible to patrons 
  • Ensuring all hospitality workers complete an online hygiene training course before they return to work. 

Refer to the COVID Safety Guidelines: Food Businesses for further information around hygiene requirements. 

For Public Buildings
There should be 2 square metres of floor space per person and patrons should practise physical distancing by keeping 1.5 metres from other patrons from other households. 

Please ensure:
  • Your business has a certificate of approval and COVID Safety Plans available for inspection by authorising officers
  • Exits, entrances, gangways, passages, stairways and aisles are clear of obstructions
  • Roads, thoroughfares, lanes, rights of way or land abutting exits/entrances are clear of obstructions
  • Doors are not locked when the building in use
  • All exits are signed and illuminated, doors that are not exits must display a sign that reads ‘NO ESCAPE’
  • Exits adjacent to road, thoroughfare, lane, passageway or right of way are signed internally ‘EMERGENCY EXIT’
  • External entrance/exit areas to buildings during night use must be illuminated
  • Amenities must be gender signed, cleaned, maintained and illuminated during darkness
  • Fire prevention must be in place, fire extinguishers/equipment and telephones must be maintained and serviced recently.
  • Undertake regular cleaning of the building and equipment
Sport and Recreation
Phase 4 of the COVID-19 WA roadmap sees further easing of restrictions related to sport and recreation. 

Gyms, fitness and sporting centres can now open without the requirement of supervision, however, these venues are encouraged to: 
  • Undertake regular cleaning of the premises and equipment
  • Ensure patrons follow social distancing requirements
  • Promote good personal hygiene practices among staff and patrons.
An organisation that controls or operates the premises will need to complete or update their COVID Safety Plan and explain how the business will take steps to implement the requirements and the advice set out in these guidelines.

The business must have its COVID Safety Plan available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer. If your business has multiple premises you must prepare a COVID Safety Plan for each premises. 

Other organisations, including sporting organisations, may choose to voluntarily complete a COVID Safety Plan.  
Refer to COVID Safety Guidelines: Sport and Recreation for further information around hygiene requirements. 
For venues/spaces where the 2 square metre rule is an increase from local government approved capacities, the local government determination will apply. 
 
What is a COVID Safety Plan?
The purpose of the COVID Safety Plan is to help ensure that businesses actively mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in line with the best available health advice.

The person responsible for the premises or the activity that occurs in those premises will need to complete the COVID Safety Plan and explain how the business will take steps to implement the requirements and the advice set out in these guidelines.

You must self-complete a COVID Safety Plan for your business prior to reopening and have it available for inspection upon request by an authorised officer. If your business has multiple premises, you must prepare a COVID Safety Plan for each premises.

Refer to the COVID Safety Guidelines and Plans for further information.

My business/organisation has completed a phase 3 COVID Safety Plan. I want to increase capacity for phase 4. Do I need to update my COVID Safety Plan?

Yes, you should review the new guidelines and update your COVID Safety Plan accordingly.
The easing of restrictions in phase 4 means you may be able to increase your venue’s capacity, which can be reflected on your COVID Safety Plan Certificate.

All businesses are encouraged to complete a COVID Safety Plan.
Can street, food and arts festivals occur?
Yes, street, food and arts festivals may be arranged. Multi-stage music festivals are prohibited, as they have been identified in health advice as a high risk activity.

Operators of festivals need to ensure that there is sufficient space for their event to occur, allowing 2 square metres per person. Operators should also consider how the event is run to prevent overcrowding in high traffic areas, like walkways. Operators should promote the practice of physical distancing and good personal hygiene.

People attending these events should make sure that they practise physical distancing by keeping a safe distance from others, and maintaining good personal hygiene.
 
Is the 2 square metre rule still in place?
WA is the only State with the reduced 2sqm rule in place, with others still using the 4sqm rule. As part of the WA roadmap the removal of the 2sqm rule will occur once phase 4 has been in place for three weeks. Current health advice advises that we continue to adhere to physical distancing guidelines, as well as maintain good personal hygiene.

Transmission of the virus is still possible, so do not become complacent.
Are large scale multi-stage music festivals permitted?
Music festivals are not permitted under Phase 4.

This decision has been based on advice from the Federal Government’s peak decision-making committee for public health emergency management (the AHPPC) and WA health experts. The AHPPC has identified music festivals as a very high risk environment for the transmission of COVID-19, and this has been evident in other countries.
How long do I need to keep my patron register for? And is this still required for phase 4?

Businesses are no longer required to keep a patron register as part of their COVID Safety Plan in phase 4.  

Businesses that kept patron registers previously are required to keep the information in the register until 28 days after the State of Emergency has been lifted. 

If I don’t comply with the Directions, including the 2 square metre rule in my venue, what are the consequences/fines?
It may be an offence to fail to comply with the Directions. The maximum penalty for this offence is:
  • imprisonment for 12 months or a fine of $50,000
  • a fine of $5000 for each separate and further offence.
If the offence is committed by a company, the maximum fine is increased to $250,000.
An on-the-spot fine of $1000 may be issued (or $5000 for a company), instead of being prosecuted.
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