Pending no further local cases, the five-day lockdown for the Perth, Peel and South West regions will end as planned. Schools will resume, and most businesses will be allowed to reopen.
From 6pm, Friday 5 February the following will come into effect:
- Perth and Peel will enter into a post-lockdown transition period until 12.01am, Sunday 14 February. This allows the full 14-day incubation period to run its course.
- South West will return straight to pre-lockdown conditions.
The post-lockdown transition period for Perth and Peel includes:
- Wearing a mask when in public and while at work, unless exempt or for vigorous outdoor exercise
- All businesses can reopen, except for the casino and nightclubs
- 4 square metre capacity rule in place for businesses and venues, up to a maximum of 150
- 150-person capacity at all events including weddings, funerals and community sport
- Seated service only at hospitality venues
- Dancing only permitted at weddings and dance studios
- 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings
- Visits to aged care and disability care facilities restricted to compassionate grounds
- Residential school and boarding facilities can resume with a COVID Safety Plan
- Only essential travel permitted in and out of the Perth and Peel regions to other parts of WA.
From 6pm, Friday 5 February, it will also be mandatory for individuals to check-in at businesses required to keep a contact register. Individuals could face penalties if they fail to check in. As always, a common-sense approach will apply.
Mandatory mask wearing
- Masks must be worn at all times when outside of your place of residence. This includes at workplaces if you’re an essential worker, on public transport and while exercising for the allocated one hour per day.
- People who need to leave the Perth and Peel region for essential purposes must wear a mask at all times in other regions of WA, as per the rules in place for Perth and Peel.
- 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 under 12 years of age are exempt from wearing a face mask.
- You also don’t need to wear masks if it causes a risk to your health and safety, if you are the sole occupant in a car, or in an emergency.
- Masks will be provided to government front line workers and the Department of Communities will distribute masks to the community services sector.
- Private industry also have a responsibility to essential workers and should have masks available for their essential employees.
Schools, childcare and higher education facilities
Under the post-lockdown transition measures, schools in Perth and Peel will start from Monday 8 February. Masks are required to be worn by all school staff and secondary students. They are not required for primary school students.
Masks are also mandatory for staff at childcare facilities, as well as students and staff in higher education including TAFEs and universities.
Teaching staff are permitted to remove their mask if teaching at the front of the classroom to enable clear enunciation.
Should you get tested?
If you have symptoms, you should get tested.
Testing locations are available on the Healthy WA website.
Travel to and from WA
Stay up to date using the relevant government advice here.
If you have any questions about what this means for you, contact our support team at any time. We're here for you, 24/7.