24 March 2022

The Australian Hotels Association (WA) has welcomed the easing of Level 2 restrictions, which will substantially reduce the burden on WA’s hotels, bars, pubs, taverns, restaurants and tourism venues.

AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods thanked the McGowan Government for responding quickly to industry concerns regarding the damage associated with restrictive capacity limits and trading conditions.

“The easing of level 2 restrictions from 31 March is very welcome news to WA’s hospitality venues and shows the WA Government is taking a pragmatic approach to COVID-19,” Mr Woods said.

“Lifting the capacity limit from 150 patrons to 500 will substantially assist hospitality venues, while the removal of the seated service requirement will ensure WA’s hospitality scene resembles pre-COVID conditions.”

“We particularly appreciate the fact that an end date has been placed on the 500-person capacity limit, which shows the Government is looking to the future and ensuring restrictions have a stated time limit associated with them.”

“WA is continuing to run its own race with respect to COVID, with high vaccination rates allowing us to remove restrictions faster than other jurisdictions.”

“Despite cases rising, the number of people in hospital and ICU remains incredibly low, so Western Australians can benefit from the efforts we have collectively made.”

“The AHA commends the Government for today’s announcement and we will continue to advocate for the removal of remaining restrictions, particularly where measures do not appear to have any clear benefit to public health outcomes.”

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