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A series of venues across the state are required to maintain a contact register by collecting details of patrons, staff, contractors and visitors that attend their venue. This includes all food and licensed venues, entertainment venues, certain outdoor events and live music venues.
Proof of Vaccination
Proof of vaccination requirements apply to multiple venues and businesses across the state. 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 Government of Western Australia’s Department of Health issued 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.
WA State Government
The Small Business Hardship Grants Program will provide tiered grants to businesses that have a 50 per cent or greater reduction in turnover for any two week period between 1 January 2022 and 30 April 2022, relative to the same period last year.
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).
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.
The Event Suppliers Support Program will provide payments to eligible event suppliers of $10,000 to sole traders, $20,000 to small businesses and $50,000 to large businesses with pre-COVID annual turnover of above $1 million. It requires businesses have had a minimum 30 per cent reduction in turnover in the period 5 February to 5 May 2022 compared to the same period in 2019 (or similar period to account for reporting dates).
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 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.