April 27, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: Tourism WA

The Western Australian state government has announced a major easing of COVID-19 restrictions from one minute after midnight this Friday, April 29.

From Friday morning, the one-per-two-square-metres density limit for hospitality settings and event venues will be removed, as will the 75 per cent capacity limit for seated entertainment venues and stadiums. Event organisers will no longer be required to complete COVID Event Checklists or COVID Event Plans, although they will be encouraged.

The proof of vaccination requirement to enter hospitality and event venues and a range of other public spaces will be removed, with the exception of hospitals and residential aged care.

Masks will no longer be required indoors, except for vulnerable settings including hospitals, aged and disability care and correctional settings, and for public transport, ride shares, in the airport and on aircraft.

The state government is also scrapping the G2G Pass for interstate and international arrivals.

Finally, close contact rules will be brought into line with the majority of other Australia states and territories on Friday morning, with the requirement for asymptomatic close contacts to isolate for seven days to be removed and replaced with daily rapid antigen tests, mask wearing outside the house, avoiding high risk settings, non-essential gatherings and vulnerable people and working from home if possible. Close contacts will also be required to inform their employer or educational institution of their status.

Government officials believe the state’s Omicron wave peaked around four weeks ago and according to federal government data, 85 per cent of those who are eligible have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.