AHA WA has declared “hospitality is back” following the further relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions in the State.
Premier Mark McGowan has announced Phase Three restrictions will commence in Western Australia on Saturday, June 6.
The 4sqm rule will be replaced with a 2qm rule – effectively doubling the number of people allowed in hospitality venues – up to a maximum of 100.
Additionally, larger venues that have the capacity to split into self-contained zones of no more than 100 will be permitted to serve a total of 300 people.
Licensed venues will be permitted to serve alcohol without meals, but patrons must remain seated at all times.
AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said: “This is a critical milestone for WA’s hospitality industry in the battle against COVID-19 and will be celebrated by hospitality operators and staff across the state.
“Premier McGowan has today demonstrated strong leadership in arriving at a solution that is tailored to WA’s current situation with respect to COVID-19, recognising our ability to re-open in a prepared, safe and responsible way.
“The AHA has worked with the State Government every day since venues restrictions were announced to ensure that we could get up and running as soon as possible – today marks a major milestone that is the culmination of months of collaboration and work.
“WA’s hospitality industry has paid a heavy financial price to keep Western Australians safe and as they re-open they do so in a way that prioritises patron safety, with new hygiene training, social distancing requirements and contact tracing protocols in place.
“What is most important now is that venues are well supported by the local community – the road to recovery ahead is going to be a long one and it is now more crucial than ever that Western Australians get out and support their local venues.”
Pictured main: The Grosvenor Hotel, Perth.