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Guide for Perth and Peel businesses transitioning out of lockdown today

From 12:01am on Tuesday 27 April, the Perth and Peel regions will begin the transition out of lockdown. The following transitional restrictions will be in place from 12:01am on Tuesday 27 April until 12:01am on Saturday 1 May 2021. The wearing of masks continues to be mandatory in Perth and Peel except for children under 12 or those who have a medical exemption.

Transitional restrictions to businesses

The Premier has announced the following transitional restrictions to businesses within the Perth and Peel regions will be in place from 12:01am on Tuesday 27 April until 12:01am on Saturday 1 May 2021.

  • Working from home is advised for those able to do so or those in vulnerable categories.
  • All businesses can re-open except for the casino, nightclubs, indoor fitness centres, fitness clubs and gyms.
  • A 20 patron limit and four square meter per person rule applies to:
    • cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs for seated food and drink service only
    • beauty salons, hairdressers and barbers
    • public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums and swimming pools
    • places of worship
    • entertainment venues
  • Schools, childcare and TAFE are open.
  • Universities are restricted to online learning.

Travel restrictions during lockdown

  • There are no restrictions on leaving the Perth and Peel regions, however anyone who has been in Perth or Peel since 17 April 2021 must wear a mask in public.

Other restrictions

  • Visitors to hospitals or residential aged care or disability facilities are only permitted under compassionate grounds.
  • Weddings and funerals can proceed with up to 100 guests, but require an exemption and COVID Event Plan.

Tips to help you manage your business during the lockdown

  1. Communicate with your customer base about the lockdown/business restrictions. If you are unable to trade, or can only trade at a reduced capacity, consider rescheduling any services to a later date. If you are allowed to provide ‘click and deliver’ services, inform your customers how they can support your business during the lockdown period.
  2. Review your staffing requirements and communicate with them. If you are unable to trade , or can trade at a reduced capacity, you may need to stand down employees or make alternative arrangements. Check FairWork or Labour Relations for more information. If you can trade, you may need to allow employees to work from home if possible. You should ensure appropriate information and communications technology (ICT) equipment and access is available. If employees are required to come to work, consider your staffing levels.
  3. Review your COVID-19 safety plans and ensure you have appropriate measures in place such as hand sanitiser if you are able to trade.
  4. If your business is required to maintain a contact register, ensure you have appropriate QR code signage (via the SafeWA app) and a manual register accessible to your customers.
  5. If your business is operating, you will need to ensure all staff are wearing face masks and that appropriate social distancing measures are in place.
  6. Consider contingencies you might need to put into place in the event the lockdown period is extended.

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