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As of 27 April 2021

WA remains in a State of Emergency and to keep WA safe it is important to know what you can and can’t do.

Perth and Peel are out of lockdown and in a transition period until 12.01am, Saturday 1 May. Some restrictions still apply.

People in unaffected regions who have been in Perth or Peel since 17 April should wear a mask in public, unless an exemption applies e.g. vigorous outdoor exercise.

If you develop symptoms, get tested. A list of testing sites and locations (external link) is available.

 

Masks

  • Masks must be worn at all times when outside of your place of residence, unless there is an exception that applies such as vigorous outdoor exercise. This includes at all workplaces and on public transport.
  • If you have been in Perth or Peel since April 17 and now in another region, you must wear a mask in public.
  • For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, you will be able to remove your mask, if necessary, to communicate. Writing notes, pointing or the speech to text app, where possible, are encouraged.
  • Children 12 years of age and under are exempt from wearing a face mask.
  • People also don’t need to wear a mask if:
    • it causes a risk to their health and safety
    • they are the sole occupant in a car, or in a car with members of their household
    • in an emergency.

Gatherings

  • Maximum of 20 people permitted for private indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • Masks should be worn by people who do not reside at the home

Work

  • You can return to work, however those who can work from home or require support are encouraged to continue doing so.
  • Wear a mask at work, on public transport and when travelling in a private vehicle with people you do not reside with.
  • If you are unwell, stay home.

Venue capacity limits

  • The 20 person capacity limit and 4sqm rule applies to the following venues:
    • Hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs). Seated service only.
    • Beauty salons, hairdressers and barbers
    • Public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums and swimming pools
    • Places of worship
    • Entertainment venues (cinemas and theatres)

Travel

  • Regional travel permitted
  • Restrictions on entering remote Aboriginal communities

Sport and recreation

  • Professional and community sports, including training, permitted
  • No spectators permitted
  • Masks need to be worn unless vigorously exercising outdoors

Hospitals, aged care and elective surgery

  • No visitors to hospitals or residential aged care and/or disability facilities, unless for compassionate reasons and advocacy
  • Only category 1 and urgent category 2 elective surgery permitted

Contact registers

  • It is mandatory for most businesses and venues to maintain a contact register, and people visiting these premises must check-in
  • The WA Government’s SafeWA app is an easy way for people to easily check-in at businesses
  • Paper-based registers must also be made available as an alternative.
  • Visit the Contact registers page for more information.

Education

  • Schools, childcare centres and TAFEs are open
  • Mask wearing requirements apply for all school staff and secondary students, but not primary school students or staff when teaching
  • Universities open for online learning only.

Closures

The following facilities remain closed:

  • Indoor fitness venues
  • Gyms
  • Casinos
  • Nightclubs.

Weddings and funerals

  • Can proceed with up to 100 guests, but require an exemption.
  • To request an exemption, please email Public.Events@health.wa.gov.au
  • Masks to be worn.
  • $607 million stimulus package to support WA households and small businesses in the wake of COVID-19
  • $402 million to freeze household fees and charges until at least July 1, 2021
  • Freeze will apply to entire 'household basket', including electricity, water, motor vehicle charges, emergency services levy and public transport fares
  • Energy Assistance Payment (EAP) doubled to $600 to support vulnerable Western Australians, including pensioners
  • $114 million in additional measures to support small businesses
  • Small businesses that pay payroll tax will receive a one-off grant of $17,500
  • $1 million payroll tax threshold brought forward by six months to July 1, 2020
  • Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can defer payroll tax payments until July 21, 2020
  • Building on $760 million announced in the past few months to stimulate economy
  • Stimulus measures made possible due to McGowan Government's responsible financial management and strong budget surplus

Household fees and charges will be frozen and Western Australian small and medium businesses will receive additional relief, as part of a $607 million stimulus package announced today by the McGowan Government.

 

The measures will provide relief to Western Australian families and small businesses, and help support the State's economy to respond to COVID-19.

 

Premier Mark McGowan and Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced today that, effective immediately, a freeze will be placed on household fees and charges, including electricity, water, motor vehicle charges, the emergency services levy and public transport fares.

 

An allocation of $402 million in the 2020-21 Budget will go towards paying for the freeze.

 

Previously the Budget included an increase of $127 or 2 per cent in fees and charges - which was the estimated inflation rate for 2020-21.

 

The last time the 'household basket' of fees and charges was frozen was under the previous Labor Government in 2004-05.

 

The McGowan Government will also allocate $91 million to double the EAP in 2020-21 to provide additional support to vulnerable Western Australians.

 

The payment will increase from $300 to $600 for eligible concession card-holders.

 

The stimulus package also includes $114 million in measures to support Western Australian small and medium businesses.

 

Payroll tax paying businesses with a payroll between $1 million and $4 million will receive a one-off grant of $17,500 to assist them to manage the impacts of COVID-19.

It's expected 7,400 Western Australian businesses will benefit from the grant.

 

The McGowan Government will fast-track additional payroll tax relief for small businesses, with the payroll tax threshold increasing to $1 million from July 1, 2020, six months earlier than planned.

 

The $114 million payroll tax announcement builds on the payroll tax package announced by the Government in October. As part of the package announced last year, the payroll threshold increased to $950,000 from January 1, 2020, and was due to increase again to $1 million from January 1, 2021.

 

11,000 Western Australian businesses will benefit from the cut in payroll tax.

 

In addition, small and medium sized businesses affected by COVID-19 can now apply to defer payment of their 2019-20 payroll tax until July 21, 2020.

 

The deferral is available to employers who pay $7.5 million or less in Australian Taxable Wages and have been directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19, compared to normal operating conditions.

 

Further information on how to apply for a payroll tax deferral is available on the Department of Finance website at http://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-finance