- Guidelines being developed in consultation with key stakeholders
- Food businesses including cafés and restaurants; community and cultural venues; and sport and recreation facilities must prepare a COVID Safety Plan to re-open
- Plans will help businesses take necessary steps to protect staff and public
- Available online at wa.gov.au later this week
Businesses across Western Australia will need to prepare a COVID Safety Plan before they re-open, to protect staff and customers.
From next Monday, May 18, under the McGowan Government's roadmap to carefully ease COVID-19 restrictions, cafés and restaurants will be able to offer dine-in meals for up to 20 patrons at a time while meeting social distancing requirements (four square metre rule).
Community facilities, libraries and public pools will re-open while non-contact community sports and outdoor and indoor fitness classes will be allowed, all subject to conditions.
Businesses will need to ensure their COVID Safety Plan is available for inspection by authorised officers.
Peak industry bodies are being consulted on specific, relevant and practical guidelines to help businesses complete the plans, which will consider steps business owners will need to take to re-open, including hygiene and social distancing requirements.
Businesses will display a poster signifying that they have prepared a plan in a prominent area so the public know they are taking the necessary steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
All businesses will be encouraged to review their plan regularly and update or amend it as required.
For more information on COVID Safety Plans, visit wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Western Australians have gone above and beyond to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and we are now in the fortunate position to be able to get people back to work and re-start the economy.
"The WA roadmap is a phased approach to easing restrictions in a way that supports the economy with the smallest risk to community health.
"To achieve this balance, we're asking all businesses to complete a COVID Safety Plan before they open to ensure they are taking the necessary steps to protect their staff and customers.
"We want all Western Australians to feel safe and confident that they can start venturing out and supporting local businesses."
Comments attributed to Small Business Minister Paul Papalia:
"Before the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitality and tourism generated around 108,000 jobs across the State.
"Both sectors have been hit hard so the easing of restrictions is very welcome news but protecting public health and safety is still critical.
"We are working with peak industry bodies to develop guidelines to help businesses complete their COVID Safety Plans.
"We want to make sure that it is an easy process as possible so businesses can open their doors and people can get back to enjoying a meal at their favourite café, visiting the library or taking part in a fitness class."
Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Small Business Minister's office - 6552 5600