New Covid restrictions come into effect today to coincide with the state's border re-opening to vaccinated interstate and overseas travellers.

The following rules now apply statewide:
• Mask mandates will expand to children in year three and above;
• Hospitality and entertainment venues, including nightclubs, will remain subject to the two-square-metre rule, but capped at 150 people – with seated service only;
• Seated, forward-facing venues, such as theatres, cinemas and major stadiums, will be limited to 50 per cent capacity;
• Outdoor events will be limited to the two-square-metre rule and capped at 500 people (with masks required);
• Home gatherings will be limited to a total of 10 people indoors and outdoors;
• Private outdoor gatherings in a public space will be limited to 50 people;
• Weddings, funerals and places of worship will need to adhere to the two-square-metre rule, with a 150-person limit (or 10-person limit if at a private residence);
• The two-square-metre rule will apply at hairdressers, tattoo parlours and beauty services;
• The two-square-metre rule will apply at public venues such as swimming pools and recreation centres;
• Higher education facilities will operate with a two-square-metre rule and 150-person capacity limit for both indoor and outdoor activities;
• Spectators (except parents and guardians) will be banned from both indoor and outdoor community sports.

There is also a limit of two visitors per resident, per day at aged-care and disability-care facilities. And no visitors are permitted at hospitals – except for spouses, parents or carers and birth partners, and for compassionate reasons.

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On Monday, Premier Mark McGowan said infections are now expected to peak in the next “two to three weeks”, rather than at the end of March as initially forecast. “Therefore, if we want a set of measures to be effective, they need to come in sooner rather than later,” he said.

The level two restrictions are expected to be in place for a month, with a review to be undertaken at the end of March.