State Government releases COVID-19 Safety Plan and Guidelines for Food Businesses

Published on Friday, 15 May 2020 at 10:20:42 AM

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley would like to advise that the State Government has released a COVID Safety Plan and Guidelines for Food Businesses.

From the 18 May, Food Businesses including cafes, restaurants, pubs, clubs, hotels, roadhouses, taverns and casino will be allowed to re-open subject to mandatory condition. 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).

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.

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 To download the COVID Safety Plan template or view the full COVID Safety Guidelines, please visit

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