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Relaxed WA Level 2 restrictions a sensible move

“Pragmatic approach” welcomed

The Australian Hotels Association says the easing of Western Australia’s Level 2 restrictions will substantially reduce the burden on the state’s hotels, bars, pubs, taverns, restaurants and tourism venues.

Thanking the government for its quick response to industry concerns regarding the damage associated with restrictive capacity limits and trading conditions, AHA(WA) CEO, Bradley Woods, described the move as a welcome and “pragmatic approach to COVID-19.” 

“Lifting the capacity limit from 150 patrons to 500 will substantially assist hospitality venues, while the removal of the seated service requirement will ensure WA’s hospitality scene resembles pre-COVID conditions,” Mr Woods said. 

“We particularly appreciate the fact that an end date has been placed on the 500-person capacity limit, which shows the Government is looking to the future and ensuring restrictions have a stated time limit associated with them.” 

Mr Wood said the state is continuing to run its own race with respect to COVID, with high vaccination rates allowing for the removal of restrictions faster than other jurisdictions.

“Despite cases rising, the number of people in hospital and ICU remains incredibly low, so Western Australians can benefit from the efforts we have collectively made,” he said. 

“The AHA commends the Government for today’s announcement and we will continue to advocate for the removal of remaining restrictions, particularly where measures do not appear to have any clear benefit to public health outcomes.”


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