Covid-19 Advice for Businesses

The Town’s Environmental Health team is receiving regular updates from the WA Department of Health on the evolving nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus.

Please be aware the information in this fact sheet is relevant at the time of distribution, however for up to date information or further State Government directions, please visit Healthy WA or the WA Department of Health website.

Healthy WA 

WA Department of Health

What does this mean for your Business?

Phase 2 - before 6 June 2020

Phase 2 restrictions are in place until 6 June 2020.  Under these restrictions activities listed below are allowed for up to 20 people, while ensuring physical distancing, good hygiene and the 4 square metre rule are followed:

Public gatherings

  • indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings
  • weddings and funerals (up to 30 attendees outside)

Dining out

  • cafés and restaurants with meal service, including within pubs, bars, clubs, hotels and casino
  • alcohol can only be served with food

Fitness and recreation

  • non-contact community sports
  • outdoor or indoor fitness classes with no shared equipment, such as yoga, Pilates, bootcamps, gymnastics and dance

Community facilities open

  • places of worship
  • community facilities
  • libraries.

Some businesses remain closed/have limited operations, including:

  • nail, tanning and waxing salons
  • spa and massage parlours
  • cinemas
  • indoor and outdoor play centres
  • concert venues, theatres and stadiums
  • amusement parks and arcades
  • galleries and museums.

More information

Physical Distancing

Supporting Local Businesses

Restricted activities and services

Phase 3 - from 6 June 2020

Phase 3 restrictions will apply from 6 June 2020. Under these restrictions, physical distancing and good hygiene will still apply but the 4 square metre rule will be replaced with a new 2 square metre rule.  

Public gatherings

  • non-work indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people per single undivided space, up to 300 people in total per venue over multiple spaces (100/300 rule)
  • weddings and funerals up to 100 people

Food and Beverage

  • food businesses and licensed premises may operate but only with seated service
  • alcohol may be served without a meal at licensed premises (patrons must be seated)
  • food courts can reopen with a seated service 

Wellbeing and Health Services

  • all beauty services including nail, tanning and waxing salons can resume
  • saunas, bath houses, wellness centres, float centres, spa and massage may reopen (100/300 rule) 

Leisure and Recreation

  • gyms, health clubs, indoor sports centres will be able to offer the normal range of activities, including use of all gym equipment (gyms must be staffed at all times and undertake regular cleaning)
  • contact sport and training
  • playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment are permitted to be used
  • galleries, museums, theatres, auditoriums, cinemas and concert venues can reopen (during any performance, the patrons must be seated. (100/300 rule)

Community Facilities

Facilities may increase capacity to 100 patrons in each room, up to 300 per venue.

Gaming Venues

  • TAB’s and Pub TAB’s may reopen for the purpose of betting and watching events and racing.
  • Crown Casino gaming floor for the purpose of gambling to remain closed during phase 3. 

Advice for Business

WA businesses are reminded that they must complete a COVID Safety Plan, prior to reopening, to ensure they mitigate the risk of COVID-19, in line with health advice.

Premises that opened during Phase 2 should update their COVID Safety Plans accordingly.

More Information

COVID Safety Plan

Information on Phase 3

Food Handler Hygiene

It is now, more than ever, critical that all food handlers at your premises engage in good hand hygiene practices. Food handlers must wash their hands, using liquid soap and drying with single use towel:

Before starting work Before handling cooked or ready-to-eat food
After handling or preparing raw food After handling waste
After cleaning duties After using the bathroom/toilet
After blowing nose, sneezing, coughing or using a tissue After smoking, eating or drinking
After handling money, before performing another task After doing anything else that could make your hands dirty, like handling garbage, touching animals or children, or cleaning duties

Please see this link for more guidance on proper handwashing technique.

Proper Hand Washing Technique

Health of Food Handlers

If food handlers are experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms, they should be staying home.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, flu-like symptoms, such as coughing, sore throat and headaches and difficulty breathing.

Food handlers must tell their supervisors (a log should be recorded), not handle food and should only return when a doctor says they are well enough (usually 48 hours after symptoms have stopped). Please note, this 48hour guidance does not apply to those in self isolation or quarantine.

Please see this link for further information on self-isolation and quarantine.

Information on Food Handler Hygiene Requirements

Cleaning and Sanitising

Ensure food contact equipment, such as kitchen benches, knives, chopping boards, pots, and meat slicers etc., as well as eating and drinking utensils, are in a clean and sanitary condition. For more information on cleaning and sanitising please see this link.

Additional cleaning and sanitising measures may include:

  • Making hand sanitiser available and visible on premises;
  • Regularly clean all frequent touch surfaces like door handles, bathrooms, etc; and
  • Carry out repeated and constant general cleaning and emptying of waste bins frequently.

Information on Cleaning and Sanitising