From Saturday June 6, restaurants, bars and cafes in Western Australia will be allowed to welcome up to 100 patrons.
The changes were announced today in a press conference where the government revealed details of the third phase of its restriction wind backs.
Premier Mark McGowan admitted the next stage of the reopening would be challenging.
“WA’s success allows us to move ahead and take significant steps,” McGowan wrote on his Facebook page. “But we all must continue to act responsibly. That means good physical distancing where possible and good personal hygiene. Because if we have an uncontrolled outbreak, I don’t want to have to place restrictions back on. We cannot afford to undo all our good work.”
The state will also relax the national four-square-metre social distancing rule, implementing a two-square-metres per-person rule for venues instead.
While cafes, restaurants and bars will be allowed to run seated service only, alcohol may now be served at licensed premises without a meal.
As part of the phase-three changes, non-work-related indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed – a five-fold increase from the current 20-person limit. In indoor and outdoor venues with multiple, divided spaces, up to 100 people will be allowed in each section, with up to 300 guests total in some settings. Galleries, museums, theatres, auditoriums, cinemas and concert venues can reopen in accordance with this 100/300 rule.
Gyms, health clubs and indoor sports centres will be allowed to reopen, as will playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms. Beauty therapy and personal care services, including saunas and wellness centres, can also reopen.