Western Australia to finally ease closing laws with gyms that open normally and allow up to 300 people in pubs – but they should stay put
- Western Australia will enter Stage 3 of the eased lockdown restrictions on June 6
- The relaxed laws will increase collection limits and allow up to 300 people
- Guests should be kept in pubs, restaurants and food court at all times
- Gyms, health clubs and beauty services will function normally
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Western Australia will finally shut down its coronavirus laws, which can reopen gyms and allow up to 300 people to sit in a pub.
Prime Minister Mark McGowan announced on Friday that Western Australia would enter the third phase of relaxed restrictions on June 6.
The state will see a large increase in maximum collection limits, as a two-square-meter spacing rule is set to replace the original four-square-meter.
Prime Minister Mark McGowan, Western Australia, announced that on June 6, the state would enter phase three of the eased coronavirus restrictions. Pictured: customers in a cafe in Perth on May 18
These new rules will allow indoor and outdoor meetings of up to 100 people and even allow up to 300 people in larger locations.
Larger locations such as pubs, galleries and arcades must have the capacity to split into self-contained areas and have no more than 100 staff serving the 300 customers.
Phase three is a major step forward for our state. It allows more people to go out and enjoy a meal or a drink with friends and family, supporting local businesses, ” said McGowan.
Residents should remain seated while dining in cafes, restaurants, food courts or pubs.
Licensed sites are allowed to serve alcohol even without a meal, as long as the customer sits at all times.
The relaxed restrictions allow gyms, health clubs, indoor sports centers, full-contact sports and training to function normally.
Skate parks, outdoor fitness equipment and wellness centers may also be used within collection limits.
The relaxed lockdown laws allow gyms and health clubs to function normally and accommodate up to 300 guests in a large hall. Pictured: an empty Melbourne gym in March
Beauty therapy and personal care, including nail salons, beauticians, saunas and massage parlors, will also be reopened.
Museums, theaters, cinemas and concert halls will all open, as well as nature and amusement parks.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 7,157
New South Wales: 3090
Western Australia: 577
South Australia: 440
Australian Capital Territory: 107
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES: 7,157
Playgrounds are opened and parents and guardians are also allowed to enter the school grounds to pick up or drop off their children.
TABs and other gaming locations are opening with Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson working with Crown Casino on a separate plan to reopen the gaming floor.
Rottnest Island is also being reopened to Western Australians.
Mr. McGowan said, “Reducing the four-square-meter rule to the two-square-meter rule has been made possible thanks to Western Australia’s success in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and our hard border with the eastern states.”
He noted that state borders would remain closed to the rest of Australia.
The prime minister said that phase three would apply for “about three weeks” before considering further easing.
Health Minister Roger Cook urged Western Australians to practice good personal hygiene amid relaxed restrictions.
He said, “The continued easing of restrictions will be welcomed by many, but I ask everyone to maintain strict health guidelines, such as good personal hygiene and physical distance, to ensure that Western Australians are kept safe.”
Western Australia will allow more customers within a location by replacing the four square meter spacing rule with two square meters. Pictured: A Gold Coast nail salon on May 16