The Perth and Peel lockdown will end as scheduled at 12.01am tomorrow, Saturday July 3.

The decision comes as one new local case of Covid-19 is recorded overnight. The case – the partner of a man who tested positive earlier this week – has been in isolation and is not believed to have been in the community while infectious.

From 12.01am July 3, there will be a staged return to pre-lockdown conditions with interim restrictions in place for three days, until 12.01am July 6. Those include:

  • Everyone must continue to wear a mask in indoor and outdoor public places, while at work and on public transport, unless exempt or for outdoor vigorous exercise;
  • People who can work from home or remotely are encouraged to;
  • Limit of 10 visitors to all homes;
  • Limit of 20 people for private outdoor gatherings;
  • Four-square-metre-capacity rule and 20-patron limit for restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, casinos, nightclubs, entertainment venues and public venues (for seated food and drink service only);
  • Four-square-metre-capacity rule and 20-patron limit for beauty, nail and hair services;
  • Public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums and swimming pools can open with the four-square-metre-capacity rule and 20-patron limit in place;
  • Universities, Tafes and training services can reopen;
  • Places of worship can open with four-square-metre-capacity rule and 20-patron limit;
  • Weddings and funerals can proceed with up to 20 guests;
  • Professional and outdoor community sports, including training, are permitted, but without spectators. Indoor community sport is not permitted;
  • Fitness venues including gyms, Pilates, yoga, dance studios can open with the four-square-metre-capacity rule and a 20-patron limit in place;
  • No visitors to residential aged-care and/or disability facilities except for exceptional circumstances such as essential care, compassionate reasons, end of life and advocacy; and,
  • No visitors to hospitals except for compassionate reasons, end of life, accompanying a child or supporting a partner giving birth.

The intrastate Perth and Peel border will be removed, meaning people can travel within WA, with the exception of some remote Aboriginal communities. But anyone who has been in Perth and Peel since Sunday June 27 must wear a mask and will not be allowed to visit hospitality, entertainment, recreation venues or other public gatherings in those areas.

Following that, pending ongoing health advice, some lessened restrictions will take effect at 12.01am July 6, and remain in place until 12.01am July 12. That includes the following changes:

  • Masks will not be required outside where physical distancing is possible;
  • Masks will remain mandatory for indoor public venues, including in the workplace and on public transport. Exemptions apply including for medical reasons and primary school aged children or younger;
  • 30-person limit will apply in all homes for indoor private gatherings and 150-person limit for outdoor private gatherings;
  • Two-square-metre capacity rule and 150-patron limit will apply to most venues, including weddings and funerals;
  • Indoor and outdoor community sport will be able to resume with spectators;
  • Patients in hospital, or people in aged care or a disability facility can have four personal visitors per day. Masks will remain mandatory for staff and visitors; and
  • Major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena and HBF Park will be able to operate at 50 per cent capacity.

Health advice permitting, Perth and Peel will return to pre-lockdown life on 12.01am Monday July 12.

More to come.