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Proof of COVID vaccination required across Western Australia to access gyms, attractions, festivals and stadia
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has announced that from 31st January, West Australians aged 16 years and over will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to access a wide range of venues and events - including fitness centres, theme parks, music festivals, major stadia, theatres, museums, zoos and nightclubs.
Acting on the latest health advice - proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements will apply across Western Australia and be expanded to include new higher-risk venues.
While proof of vaccination is already required to enter some venues and events in Perth and Peel, the Western Australia Premier’s latest announcement delivers the 'broadest proof of vaccination requirements in the nation'.
Premier McGowan said life would become very difficult for the unvaccinated from 31st January and advised "If you choose to remain unvaccinated, you are choosing to put yourself at risk, you are choosing to put the people around you at risk, and you are choosing to increase the burden on our health staff."
Premier McGowan anticipates the proof of vaccination requirement to be in place "for years to come" while also highlighting he expected the vaccination requirement would be expanded to three doses in the future.
Venues, staff and patrons will all have a shared responsibility when it comes to showing proof of vaccination, with venues required to take reasonable steps to ensure all patrons are double dose vaccinated, or have a medical exemption.
From Monday 31st January, proof of vaccination for people aged 16 years and over will be required state-wide for:
Visitors to public and private hospitals, and residential aged care facilities;
- All hospitality and food and licensed venues:
-including restaurants, dine-in fast food, cafes, bars, pubs, clubs, taverns;
-excluding food and non-alcoholic beverage takeaway, roadhouses, and service stations
- Bottle shops;
- Indoor entertainment venues, including play centres, gaming and gambling, theatres, concert halls, museums, cinemas and live music venues, including the Perth Convention Centre;
- The Crown Perth complex;
- Major stadiums;
- Gyms, fitness studios and centres;
- Amusement Parks and the Zoo; and
- Music festivals and large events with more than 500 people, unless exempt.
Community sport and school-based events, unless at one of the specific venues listed, are excluded from the proof of vaccination requirement.
The Western Australian Government has launched the ServiceWA app – a free, convenient and secure mobile application that will help Western Australians with proof of vaccination requirements.
People can also show proof of vaccination either in a digital or paper-based form, along with acceptable forms of identification if they do not use the ServiceWA app to show proof.
Posters and materials are also available to download to help businesses communicate about proof of vaccination requirements.
Frequently asked questions about showing proof of vaccinations will be available soon.
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