West Australians in the Perth and Peel regions have been granted permission to travel throughout the state for school holidays after Premier Mark McGowan confirmed greater Perth would exit its four-day lockdown at midnight Friday.
The announcement comes after the northern suburbs cluster recorded one new case overnight, the 21-year-old partner of a man who previously contracted the virus at Indian Ocean Brewing.
But holidaymakers and hospitality businesses would take Friday afternoon’s news with a grain of salt after strict conditions were imposed.
From 12.01am Saturday, those travelling intrastate from Perth and Peel for the school holidays are still banned from attending regional public venues during the first phase of the restrictions, have to wear masks and can only order take-away, not dine in.
“You must wear a mask, you will not be permitted to visit hospitality, entertainment or recreation venues or other public gatherings,” Mr McGowan said.
Venues in Perth and Peel must adhere to the four-square-metre rule, with maximum patronage at 20, as part of the first stage of restrictions easing from Saturday to Monday.
The second stage would allow patrons from Perth and Peel to visit pubs, restaurants, bars and wineries outside those regions from 12.01am Tuesday, adhering to the four-square-metre/20 person capacity rule, with an aim to return to pre-lockdown life by Monday, July 12.
Mr McGowan was sympathetic to hospitality businesses reliant on increased revenue from visitation during the school holidays.