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COVID TRAINING

AHA Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Hygiene Training

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The AHA Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 hygiene training program has been launched to prepare the hospitality industry for a return to business. 

The AHA is constantly monitoring the Coronavirus situation working closely with the Commonwealth and WA Government on strategies to help avert the effect that the situation will have on tourism by:

  • Maintaining constant contact with Tourism Australia and Tourism Western Australia;
  • Monitoring Commonwealth Department of Health and World Health Organisation advice; and
  • Participating in industry crisis co-ordination task forces at a State and National level.

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Current Restrictions

CAPACITY LIMIT INCREASES FOR SEATED VENUES

From Monday, 15 March 2021, capacity limits for some venues will increase to 75 per cent.

Venues wishing to take advantage of this new capacity increase may do so if they have enough available space to provide adequate additional seating. Seating can be in the form of table chairs, lounges or couches, ensuring that patrons are seated.

Areas where patrons are standing or areas where there is a mixture of seated and standing remain limited to the existing one in two square metre provisions.

Increased capacity of up to 75 per cent will be allowed at seated outdoor and indoor venues including:

  • restaurants, cafes, food courts, and bars;
  • indoor and outdoor auditoriums and amphitheatres;
  • theatres;
  • concert halls;
  • cinemas;
  • comedy lounges;
  • performing arts centres;
  • places of worship;
  • function centres;
  • community, recreation or youth centre or facilities, including community halls and sporting clubs including but not limited to:
    • community halls, sporting clubs, Returned and Services League facilities and Police and Community Youth Centres   
  • WA’s major stadiums (Optus Stadium, HBF Park, RAC Arena, HBF Stadium - Main Arena);
  • funeral parlours.

If the 2 square metre rule is greater than 75 per cent capacity, the greater option will be permitted for these particular venues and events.

The 2 square metre rule will continue to apply to all other unfixed seating venues and facilities including:

  • nightclubs;
  • unseated events/festivals (music, beer, wine, cultural etc.);
  • galleries;
  • libraries;
  • sport and recreation facilities including gyms, recreation centres, group fitness classes and indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • museums;
  • amusement parks;
  • wildlife parks and the zoo;
  • adult entertainment premises (including but not limited to strip clubs, brothels and sex on premises venues);
  • outdoor venues with unfixed seating, including pop-up bars and outdoor cinemas
  • events with a COVID Event Plan
  • pop-up events (i.e. Fringe festival - tents with auditorium seating for performances)
  • casino and gambling venues; and
  • arcades.

For more information please see Phase 4b frequently asked questions here. 

 


POST LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS (RETURN TO PHASE 4)

 

From 12:01 am on Sunday 14 February, venues in the Perth and Peel regions will join the rest of WA in returning to Phase 4.

Under WA’s Phase 4 restrictions:

  • Capacity limits are only determined by the one in 2sqm rule
  • The 2sqm rule includes staff only at venues that hold more than 500 patrons
  • Mandatory contact register requirements remain in place

Masks are no longer be mandatory.

There will be no travel restrictions within WA, except for remote Aboriginal communities.

As was the case before the lockdown, public or private events involving more than 500 patrons that require local government authority approval will need an approved COVID Event Plan as part of that process.

Everyone should continue to practise physical distancing where possible, maintain good personal hygiene at all times and get tested when unwell.



SafeWA app and contact registers

From 5 December 2020, hospitality venues in WA are required to undertake mandatory contact tracing.

This can be done via:

  • A free, safe and secure app called SafeWA; or
  • Alternative formats including electronic or paper-based systems

Please be aware that if you choose an alternate option on contact register tracing, businesses will need to record the:

  • Name; and
  • Telephone number; and
  • Location; and
  • Date; and
  • Arrival time of patrons; and
  • Keep that information for 28 days.

Any person who attends a business or venue, other than for take-away, will be required to register their contact details. This includes patrons, staff, volunteers and contractors.


SafeWA app 

The WA Government has developed a free app, SafeWA, which assists businesses to keep their contact register system in an easy and convenient manner.

Businesses that use the SafeWA app must also have an alternative and manual method of registering patron details, such as a paper-based register. This is important in the event that an individual does not have access or chooses not to use the SafeWA app. 

SafeWA can be downloaded from the Apple App Store here or the Google Play Store here

More information on how to use the SafeWA app can be found here. Troubleshooting tips for venues can be found here.

A comprehensive toolkit for business including SafeWA guides, Contact Register Infosheets, social media graphics, contact register templates and more can be found here.  - Click on links or images below to access PDFs: 


Western Australia's border arrangements

WA is in a safe and sensible controlled border arrangement, based on public health advice.

Interstate travel is permitted into and around WA, depending on where travellers have come from and who they’ve had contact with in the 14 days prior to travel. They are also subject to conditions, including completing a G2G PASS declaration prior to entry.

WA’s Chief Health Officer continues to closely monitor community transmission in other states and territories, and will advise the WA Government if any changes to our borders are required to keep Western Australians protected.

State-by-state

Conditions for quarantine

 As part of our safe and sensible controlled border arrangement, conditions of quarantine apply to travellers coming into WA. These conditions apply to travellers arriving from a very low risk or low risk state or territory. Travellers from medium risk states and territories are not permitted to enter unless exempt.

Very low risk states and territories (No community cases in at least 28 days)

Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.

  • On arrival at Perth Airport, complete a health screening.
  • Scan your G2G PASS to exit the airport.
  • Travellers from very low risk states and territories are not required to quarantine.
  • If permitted entry, you must self-quarantine at a suitable premises for 14 days. If a suitable premises is not available, you will be directed to a Government approved quarantine facility at your own expense.
  • Approved travellers are subject to a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 11 of quarantine, or at any point when symptoms develop.
  • You must wear a mask if practicable and available until arriving at suitable self-quarantine premises or Government approved quarantine facilities.

Travellers from a very low risk state or territory who have knowingly had contact with a person from a medium or low risk state or territory in the 14 days before travelling will be subject to the same quarantine conditions as that person from the higher risk classification and must self-quarantine for 14 days when returning to WA.

Low risk states and territories (Less than 5 community cases per day on a 14-day rolling average)

  • Before travelling to WA, complete a mandatory G2G PASS registration and declaration.
  • You should wear a mask as directed.
  • On arrival at Perth Airport, complete a health screening.
  • Scan your G2G PASS and then verify you have suitable premises for self-quarantine.
  • If you have suitable premises, enter self-quarantine for 14 days. If not, you will be directed to enter a Government-approved quarantine facility at your own expense for 14 days.
  • You must present for a COVID-19 test on Day 11 if still in WA.

The G2G Now app enables virtual check-ins during your quarantine once you have entered WA. Travellers from low risk states and territories are encouraged to download and use the app.

Medium risk states and territories

You are not permitted to enter without an exemption through G2G PASS.

The G2G Now app enables virtual check-ins during your quarantine once you have entered WA. Travellers from low risk states and territories are encouraged to download and use the app.

International arrivals

  •  You must quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at your own expense.
  • You will be subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and on day 12 of quarantine.

G2G Pass and G2G Now 

The G2G PASS was built to help WA Police manage and enforce the Directions in force in WA whilst ensuring the impact on essential services and the WA economy is limited.

The G2G PASS is an entirely digital solution, making it easy for people to apply for travel passes.

The launch of G2G Now sees WA Police deliver a second initiative whereby technology is used to help police and WA community work together to rise to the challenges posed by the pandemic. The app supports people subject to self-quarantine directions to prove their compliance with easy, in app check ins rather than receiving physical checks by police.

For more information on the G2G Pass, please click here. 

For more information on the G2G Now, please click here. 


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