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GUIDELINES FOR VENUES, BUSINESSES AND EVENTS | VIEW
PROOF OF VACCINATION
From 31 January 2022, proof of vaccination requirements will be expanded to include new venues and businesses state-wide. This includes all indoor entertainment venues, and hospitality and licensed venues. This means that any person aged 16 and over will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter live music venues.
The ServiceWA app is a mobile application provided by the WA Government to help connect with WA State Government services. Initially the ServiceWA app aims to assist the community during the COVID-19 transition, and aims to expand to include other services into the future. It is designed for Australian residents or citizens who live in WA or are regularly visiting WA. The app allows you to activate access:
– SafeWA for check-in at WA businesses, venues and events
– COVID-19 digital certificate for proof of vaccination
– G2G Pass
The Government of Western Australia’s Department of Health has published a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy and Critical Business Worker Directions.
Many WA music venues, artists, technicians, and support crews will be impacted by the mandatory vaccination requirement under Group 2 Industries and Occupations of the policy. This cohort includes critical businesses workers at hospitality premises (bars, pubs, restaurant) as defined in the Critical Businesses Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions – Schedule 1.
The vaccination requirement extends to many others engaged at a critical business site – including contractors, volunteers and ad-hoc workers – with extremely limited and qualified exceptions noted in the directions (see ‘who is a critical business worker?’ Critical Businesses Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions – Exemptions Guidelines). The casual and ad hoc nature in which many industry professionals engage with impacted venues is likely to generate uncertainty and confusion relating to the application of mandated vaccinations. However, the limited nature of exclusions for contractors, and consequence of non-compliance gives businesses no room for error in applying the policy.
Impacted businesses, including performance venues, will be required to maintain records of the vaccination status of critical business workers, which will extend to artists and crews in many circumstances.
In addition to the above directions, many Group 2 premises and events now require proof of vaccination to enter the premises. This currently applies to all nightclubs, plus hospitality venues and specialty venues with a capacity above 500 and/or operating after midnight. These requirements are expanding from 31 January 2022. VIEW
Additional information on the applicable Directions, classification of critical business workers, and mandatory vaccination FAQs can be located below. These resources will be updated as additional information regarding mandatory vaccinations and the WA music sector is released.
The Small Business Assistance Grant – December 2021 is available to small businesses located within the Perth, Rottnest or Peel regions operating within the hospitality sector, the music events industry or the creative and performing arts sector. Eligible employing businesses will receive $1,130 for each impacted day (up to a maximum of $12,500), while eligible non-employing small businesses will receive $400 for each impacted day (up to a maximum of $4,400).
To be eligible for the grant, the business must meet all criteria below at the start of the restricted trading period (from 6:00pm on 23 December 2021 to 6:00am 4 January 2022 and from 6:00pm on 24 December 2021 for hospitality venues):
A one off grant of $20,000 will be available for eligible Night Clubs forced to close as a result of the COVID directions issued 24 December 2021 – 4 January 2022. Invitations to the grant program will be sent to eligible nightclubs from 10 January 2022.
Financial assistance towards the gross ticket sales lost for WA events cancelled due to COVID-19 lockdowns/directions. Only eligible for events occurring before 10 May 2022, with a capacity of more than 100 and capacity ticket sales exceeding $5,000.
Financial support to cover the costs of individual household bills/expenses.
The State Government has funded three providers under the WA Recovery Plan to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
WA SAFE TRANSITION PLAN VIEW
On Saturday 5 February 2022, WA is set to commence its Safe Transition Plan which includes easing of border restrictions, introduction of additional public health and social measures, and revised COVID Safety Plans and proof of vaccination for some venues and events.