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Western Australian Government announces removal of venue capacity limits

Western Australian Government announces removal of venue capacity limits
June 23, 2020

Set to move to Phase 4 COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday 27th June, the Western Australia Government has announced that it will further ease its Coronavirus measures during July, relaxed rules around the maximum number of people in  venues, live performance locations, gyms, sports centres and hospitality outlets.

Coming three weeks since the introduction of state's Phase 3 measures, Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced a significant easing of rules for performance venues, stating "unseated performances will be allowed at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars and pubs."

The easing will see major sport and entertainment venues will be able to operate under a 50% capacity rule from next Saturday before being able to operate without restrictions from 18th July.

Gyms will also be able to operate unstaffed again but regular cleaning will need to be maintained while Burswood Casino's gaming floor will also be allowed to reopen but every second machine will have to be turned off.

Welcoming the easing of restrictions of gyms, Mark Sergi, owner of the Anytime Fitness Pert CBD club, welcomed the news that clubs would no longer need to be staffed around the clock.

Sergi told the ABC "we had to double our staffed hours to handle that, so capacity to go back 24/7 is fantastic."

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is among groups welcoming Western Australia's removal of all venue capacity limits.

Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA Chief Executive said that the announcement provides critical momentum towards restarting the business events industry and that the other state chief medical officers were also receptive to the easing of capacity limits and seating restrictions.

Sagripanti advised “Western Australia is paving the way forward with Phase 4 COVID-19 restriction liftings starting from this Saturday, meaning the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre will be able to operate at 50% capacity, followed by the Phase 5 removal of the 2sqm rule set to be introduced on Saturday 18th July."

The EEAA has been actively working with the state government chief medical officers and state government ministers to negotiate the return of business events under COVIDSafe guidelines in all Australian states.

The easing measures will not see any change to Western Australia's hard border, with Premier McGowan explaining "the tentative (reopening) date was going to be the 8th August but right now it would be irresponsible of me to earmark that date."

Images: Perth's HBF Park (top) and EEAA Chief Executive Claudia Sagripanti (below).

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