The New Year celebrations of thousands of West Aussie have been compromised after Mark McGowan announced the extension of COVID rules for the Perth and Peel regions.
While the Premier said some big outdoor events such as fireworks on New Year’s Eve and the Perth Cup at Ascot on New Year’s Day would be allowed to continue – with those attending urged to wear masks – it has not saved many events from being forced to cancel.
Origin Fields at Langley Park and the Snack Festival at Claremont Showground are among several events to be cancelled on December 31, while the Pineapple Club in Market Square will no longer go ahead on January 1.
And it means nightclubs and dance events will miss out on one their biggest periods of the year, having to keep their doors shut.
Those planning to visit pubs and restaurants will need stay seated in the venues.
“We have not made this decision lightly,” Mr McGowan said.
“The rules are reasonable and means that thousands of West Australians can enjoy New Year’s celebrations with family and friends. But they can celebrate safely.”
From 6pm on Friday, December 24, until 6am on Tuesday, January 4.
- The seated-service only rule applies to all licensed hospitality venues.
- Masks will be mandatory in all public indoor settings including workplaces, shopping centres, hospitality venues and public transport.
- The mask mandate will not apply to the home and will not apply for people doing vigorous indoor exercise.
- We are recommending masks be worn outside when you cannot physically distance – so we are urging people to use common sense.
- High risk, large public events like music festivals will be cancelled during this period and all nightclubs will be closed. All dancing will be banned, except for weddings.
- In addition, the mask rules will also apply to anyone who has been in Perth or Peel since Thursday, December 16, and are now located in a different part of the State.