Western Australia has become the first state to impose original coronavirus restrictions, including announcing its “roadmap” via COVID-19, which may now include being able to “stand at the bar”.
Premier Mark McGowan said Monday that the WA was Australia’s most economically free and active state due to “population relaxation and problematic four-square-meter rules”, combined with “W relaxation, (a) tight border arrangements”.
“We can be confident that a Kavid-19 will return to normal in a safe way,” he said.
From July 18 (Step 5), the WA will remove all coronavirus restrictions.
But Victoria’s virus spike means the interstate border will remain closed. Mr McGowan said he intended to announce a date for the reopening of the border before the “relative” rise to the east.
“The current situation in Victoria is dire, it’s extremely worrying,” he said.
Mr McGowan said the WA would move four steps of its recovery plan from midnight on June 2, removing caps of 300 patrons per 100 split space in pubs, restaurants and other homesteads, or 100 all involved, removing all assembly limits.
A bi-square meter rule will continue to be applied indoors and outdoors.
“Collection limits will now be determined by Western Australia’s unique bi-square meter rule. Under step four, bi-square meter rules should include employees in venues with more than 500 sponsors, requiring seating services for food businesses and removal of licensed premises.
“That means from Saturday, we can all stand at the bar and enjoy a drink,” he said.
Patron registrar maintenance will no longer be required and many events will be allowed at the WA, except for large-scale multistage music festivals. Mr McGowan said unsettled performances would be allowed in concert halls, live music venue bars and pubs and gyms that could handle “stagnation”.
The casino gaming floor will be shut down every second machine and reopened under agreed temporary restrictions, including recent sports and leisure venues operated under the 50 percent power rule.
“For Optus Stadium, we’re talking about 30,000 people or a football game. Or 6,000 people in the RAC arena, depending on the event set up, big events could be held in these places over the next few weeks, ”he said.
He was proud that the venues in Western Australia would host the largest crowds in the country.
“The fourth step is another huge step for our state, we are sure it is the right step at the right time.
“The WA is moving beyond our roadmap in a more progressive way economically and socially than any other state in Australia,” he said.
The premier, however, declined to set a date for the six-step introduction, which would include reopening interstate borders.
“The provisional date was going to be August 8th, but for now, it would be irresponsible for me to mark this date as our potential opening with the rest of the country,” he said.
“I would like to give an index date today but if I did it would be against our health advice and to be honest it probably couldn’t hold.”