WA moves to Phase 5 COVID restrictions

WA is finally moving to Phase 5 COVID restrictions, with capacity limits on hospitality venues to be removed from Wednesday.

Premier Mark McGowan said the State was able to relax restrictions because West Australians had shown “they will do the right thing” during the pandemic.

As reported by The West Australian on Friday, the State Government received updated advice about restrictions from Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson.

The hospitality and events industries had led calls for gathering limits to finally be removed.

WA was slated to move to Phase 5 on July 17 last year, but the plan was shelved due to the deadly Victoria outbreak last winter.

The changes mean the 75 per cent capacity limit on restaurants, hotels, cafes, food courts and bars with seated service will be lifted to 100 per cent.

Under Phase 4c, indoor venues — including nightclubs, unseated events and festivals, gyms, public pools, museums, libraries, galleries, the zoo, function centres and the casino — also had to follow the 2sqm rule.

Health Minister Roger Cook said there was now a robust suite of measures to keep WA safe, including contact tracing, the SafeWA app and good hygiene practices.

However, festival and concert organisers will still have to apply for COVID event plans for approval by the Health Department, which could potentially impose restrictions.

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