Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your business or workplace

On Sunday 11 May 2020, WA Premier Mark McGowan announce the Roadmap for easing restrictions in WA.

From 18 May restrictions will be further relaxed as part of WA’s roadmap, allowing some businesses to reopen. 

The WA Government Frequently Asked Questions Page provides very useful information about Phase 2 of the WA Roadmap

What this means

The following businesses can reopen, with a maximum of 20 patrons and the 4 square metre rule applied: 

  • cafés and restaurants with meal service, including within pubs, bars and hotels.
    • alcohol can only be served with food
    • social distancing and good hygiene practices must be followed 
  • outdoor or indoor fitness classes with minimal shared equipment
  • public pools (1 indoor and 1 outdoor) with strict rules and up to 20 patrons per pool
  • non-contact community sport
  • places of worship, community facilities and libraries
  • weddings and funerals (up to 20 attendees inside and 30 outside)

What businesses need to do

Businesses will need to ensure they understand the COVID Safety Guidelines and complete the COVID Safety Plan provided by the State Government. 

The COVID Safety Plan and Guidelines are an essential part of ensuring that re-opening businesses don’t increase the risk of spreading COVID-19. Failure to complete a COVID Safety Plan may mean your business is putting the community at risk. Authorised Officers under the Emergency Management Act have the power to close premises and businesses that put the community at risk in this way. 

Below are the requirements to operate safely during phase 2:

  • maintain a strict limit of a minimum of four-square metres (4sqm) per person
  • ensure a maximum of 20 dine-in patrons per venue (excluding staff)
  • maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning
  • self-complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to re-opening (or expanding beyond ‘takeaway only’) and display a COVID Safety Plan Certificate
  • ensure staff have completed the AHA Hospitality & Tourism COVID-19 Hygiene Course before returning to work
  • maintain attendance records of patrons for the purposes of contact tracing (not including takeaway services)
  • carefully manage waiting areas to ensure social distancing
  • only serve alcohol ancillary to a meal
  • ensure alcohol is only consumed at a table (not counter service, or bar service).

For businesses that wish to extend their Alfresco dining area to accommodate the 20 dine-in patrons, please contact the Shire on 9618 4100 or mail@swek.wa.gov.au.

Download the COVID Safety Plan and Guideline below:

COVID Safety Plan
COVID Safety Guidelines

Information for small business

To help manage business disruption associated with COVID-19, the Small Business Development Corporation has put together a range of support information focused on the needs of small business owners. 

Hospitality and Tourism

Food Businesses Steps to Reopen

  1. Complete a COVID Safety Plan prior to reopening or expanding beyond takeaway. The COVID Safety Guidelines will assist you with completing the plan.
  2. Display a COVID Safety Plan certificate (you'll find this in the plan).
  3. Maintain a strict limit of a minimum of 4 square metres per person.
  4. Ensure a maximum of 20 dine-in patrons per venue (excluding staff).
  5. Maintain hygiene and frequent cleaning.
  6. Ensure staff have completed the AHA Hospitality & Tourism COVID-19 Hygiene Course before returning to work.
  7. Maintain attendance records of patrons for the purposes of contact tracing (not including takeaway services).
  8. Carefully manage waiting areas to ensure social distancing.
  9. Alcohol can only be served with food and consumed at a table (not bar or counter service). More information for licensed venues.

All businesses need to do their part to comply with these requirements and help mitigate the risks of COVID-19.

COVID Safety Plans are an important part of ensuring that re-opening businesses does not increase the risk of spreading COVID-19. Failure to complete a COVID Safety Plan may mean your business is putting the community at risk. Authorised officers under the Emergency Management Act have the power to close premises and businesses that put the community at risk in this way.

For more information please see WA Government frequently asked questions.

COVID Safety Guidelines for your food business

COVID Safety Plan for your food business

Hospitality Hygiene Training

 

Mandatory Hygiene training

Register for the courses here.

A mandatory AHA Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 hygiene training program has been launched to prepare the hospitality industry for a return to business. This specialised training course will need to be successfully completed by every staff member employed at a hospitality venue — with businesses strictly only able to reopen when the requirements are met.

The course is two-tiered, with all staff required to successfully complete the first component, and managers and supervisors required to complete the second, more advanced aspect. Every venue must have a staff member with the more advanced accreditation on shift at all times, as the venue’s dedicated hygiene officer. 

Businesses will also have to display signage that the venue is compliant with all conditions. 

Existing social distancing regulations for hospitality businesses remain in place, with any future easing of restrictions dependent on expert health advice. 

Aquatic Facilities

The Shire hopes to open all Sport and Recreational facilities by Monday 25 May, in a limited capacity. This includes pools as part of resorts, accommodation, retirement villages, swim schools and any other type of indoor or outdoor pool. They are restricted to a maximum of 20 patrons per pool which is also subject to one person per 4 square metres. Changerooms remain closed, but the toilets remain open.

Permitted venues with multiple pools can only open a maximum of one indoor and one outdoor pool at a time, each with a maximum of 20 participants, including spectators and swimmers.

The Shire Environmental Health Officer has made contact with all businesses with swimming pools to advise that the pre-opening water sampling (required to be completed and satisfactory results received prior to opening) is set to occur this Thursday morning, 14 May.

All Aquatic Facilities are required to follow the COVID guidelines and complete the COVID safety plan below: 

COVID Safety Guidelines - Sport and Recreation
COVID Safety Plan - Sport and Recreation  

Accommodation Providers and Caravan Parks

The Department of Health WA has advised that Caravan parks and accommodation providers are able to operate as normal provided they comply with the COVID-19 emergency directions.

Shared communal amenities may continue to operate whilst all patrons adhere to social distancing measures.

It is recommended that posters are displayed throughout the parks to encourage social distancing at all times, along with an increased frequency in cleaning; particularly for high touch, common use surfaces. You can find some useful posters for display at the bottom of this page.

Other Businesses

Posters and other Resources for your Business

Reporting a Breach

Reporting Breaches

 

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