Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

    Restrictions set to significantly ease from midnight tonight

    5/07/2021 1:55 PM
    • Perth and Peel to take the next reasonable steps to return to pre-lockdown life
    • Perth and Peel interim restrictions to significantly ease from 12.01am Tuesday, July 6
    • Until 12.01am Monday, July 12, transitional restrictions in place for Perth and Peel
    • Masks mandatory outside of home unless exempt
    • Exemptions include when outdoors and physical distancing is possible or when undertaking vigorous exercise  

    The Perth and Peel regions will take the next step on the safe and sensible pathway to return to pre-lockdown life, with restrictions set to significantly ease from 12.01am tomorrow morning (July 6).


    Following three days of strict interim restrictions and only one new COVID-19 case detected, involving a close contact of a confirmed case that has been required to be in isolation, the Chief Health Officer has advised Perth and Peel can move to transitional restrictions.


    The following eased transitional restrictions will take effect from 12.01am Tuesday morning, July 6 until 12.01am Monday morning, July 12 (pending the latest health advice):

    • Masks are mandatory for indoor public venues, including in the workplace and on public transport. Exemptions apply including for medical reasons and primary school aged children or younger. People should use common sense and take a mask with them whenever they leave home;
    • Masks are not required outside where physical distancing is possible or when undertaking vigorous exercise indoors or outdoors;
    • Anyone who has been in the Perth or Peel regions since Sunday, June 27 but has since travelled to another region must also wear a mask subject to the above conditions;
    • 30-person limit in all homes for indoor private gatherings and 150-person limit for outdoor private gatherings;
    • Two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit for restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, casinos, nightclubs, entertainment venues and public venues;
    • Seated entertainment venues for performances at theatres, concert halls, and cinemas can operate at a maximum 50 per cent capacity, in line with capacity for major stadiums;
    • Major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena and HBF Park, can operate at 50 per cent capacity;
    • Two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit for beauty, nail and hair services;
    • Public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums and swimming pools can open with two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit;
    • Indoor and outdoor community sport can resume with spectators;
    • Fitness venues including gyms, Pilates, yoga, dance studios can open with two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit. Indoor and outdoor fitness classes permitted, masks mandatory except when doing vigorous exercise;
    • Weddings and funerals permitted for up to 150 guests;
    • Outdoor gatherings can take place with up to 150 people without a COVID event plan;
    • Places of worship can open with two square metre capacity rule and 150 patron limit;
    • Non-urgent Category 2 and 3 elective surgeries have been postponed in metropolitan public hospitals until and including Friday, July 9. People are urged not to contact hospitals directly as they will be contacted to reschedule their appointments; and
    • A patient in hospital, or a person in aged care or a disability facility can have four personal visitors per day. Masks mandatory for staff and visitors. 

    It is vital that all Western Australians ensure they are registering their contact details at businesses and venues where contact registers are mandatory.


    The recent cases of COVID detected in Perth showed how necessary it is for people to continue to check-in when they visit businesses and venues.


    The SafeWA app is an efficient and safe way to assist contact tracing if it is required.


    For more information on post-lockdown plans, visit https://www.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Western Australians continue to do the right thing to protect themselves and their families.


    "As a result of everyone's efforts, we are able to take the next step on our safe and sensible pathway out of lockdown.


    "While restrictions will significantly ease from tomorrow, some transitional restrictions will apply for the next six days so health authorities can be sure that we have crushed the virus in our community.


    "The devastating situation unfolding on the east coast is a reminder to us all about doing the right thing.


    "That is practising good hygiene, staying home if unwell and checking in with the SafeWA app.


    "WA continues to be one of the safest places in the world - and that's worth protecting."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000