Australian Hotels Association (WA) CEO Bradley Woods has commended today’s announcement by the McGowan Government that Phase 4 restrictions will come into effect from Saturday 27 June, removing COVID-19 restrictions on WA’s hospitality venues.
“WA Premier Mark McGowan and his Government are to be congratulated for achieving a world-class outcome for the state,” Mr Woods said.
“The success WA has enjoyed in containing the spread of COVID-19 places the state in the lead at relaxing restrictions and returning our industry to normal, sooner than expected.”
“The removal of capacity restrictions will see many venues able to trade at a level that is almost back to normal and secure many more thousands of jobs.”
“Scrapping the requirement to maintain a patron register and removing seated requirements while eating or drinking is a major step in the right direction and will free up venues and their staff.”
“The ability to restart live music events and facilitate unseated performances is welcome relief for many venues and the broader entertainment industry.”
“WA’s hospitality venues have played a leading role in containing COVID-19 but it has come at a heavy cost – today’s announcement of Phase 4 restrictions will be warmly welcomed by WA’s hotels, bars, pubs, restaurants and taverns, who can now operate in a far more viable way.”
“While there is a growing urgency to re-opening WA’s interstate borders, there is a significant and rising threat posed in Victoria, so the reluctance to prematurely bring down the hard border is understandable.”
“The AHA has worked tirelessly with the WA Government since the first restrictions were imposed and commend Premier McGowan, Minister Paul Papalia and Minister Roger Cook for their close engagement.”