'Don't get complacent': Phase 4 of WA Roadmap extended

Photo: File image.
Photo: File image.

The state government is taking a cautious approach to Western Australia's Roadmap to Recovery by extending Phase 4 with no new tentative date set for Phase 5 at this point.

Following today's announcement from Premier Mark McGowan, the roadmap will now allow exemptions to the 2 square metre rule at selected venues.

"We've come so far, and it's more important than ever that we don't get complacent and take a risk we will all regret," Mr McGowan said.

"While WA has had no community spread for more than six months, the Chief Health Officer has made it clear that community spread over east still poses a threat to our state, and there are still concerns over the border arrangements of other states."

Effective from Saturday, October 24 selected venues that predominantly hold seated events are exempt from the 2 square metre rule, and will be permitted to reach up to 60 per cent of their usual maximum capacity for seated and ticketed performances.

Venues that are now exempt include theatres, concert halls, auditoriums/amphitheatres, cinemas, comedy lounges, and performing arts centres.

These venues are deemed 'low risk' as they are seated and ticketed.

The decision was made based on the latest health advice from the state's Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson.

Phase 5 would see the removal of the 2 square metre rule at venues and Phase 6 included access to remote Aboriginal communities.

For more information on the new exemptions for selected venues, visit www.wa.gov.au

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