Phase four of Western Australia’s Covid-19 roadmap has again been extended by up to two months, Premier Mark McGowan announced in a press conference today, as 24 new cases were detected on a ship docked in Fremantle.

The premier also announced a change to density requirements for some venues. Effective from Saturday October 24, selected venues, deemed “low risk” by chief health officer Dr Andrew Robertson, will be exempt from the two-square-metre rule.

Those venues – such as theatres, concert halls, auditoriums, amphitheatres, cinemas and performing arts centres – will be permitted to reach up to 60-per-cent of their usual maximum capacity for seated and ticketed performances.

The premier said this modification to phase four will provide these venues and industries the opportunity to function in a Covid-safe way. He also said he would continue to review the existing density restrictions in other sectors.

No new tentative date has been set for phase five.

“We’ve come so far, so it’s more important than ever that we don’t get complacent and take a risk we will all regret,” McGowan said.

“I will always be guided by the health advice – a cautious approach is the only sensible way forward when dealing with this devastating virus.

“I will not unnecessarily compromise the success we have had in controlling the introduction of Covid-19 into WA.

“Western Australia continues to lead the nation in our recovery from Covid-19, and the community’s response has helped keep WA safe and strong.”

More to come.