Western Australia looks set to be the first state in Australia to welcome back large-scale concerts, as Premier Mark McGowan revealed in the state’s fourth phase of lifting coronavirus restrictions.
McGowan held a press conference on Monday, June 22nd, announcing that it had been 16 days since there phase three had come into effect, and now WA will become “the most economically free and active State in Australia.”
He also cited the state’s hard border closure as a key reason why restrictions will be able to relax further, which significantly includes live gathering restrictions being eased (as long the two-square metre rule is still adhered to.
That means that bars, pubs, and nightclubs will be able to reopen when the new phase kicks in on Saturday, 27th June. It also extends to concert halls and other live music venues.
When it comes to major sport and entertainment venues, a 50% capacity will apply.
“Our phased approach has allowed us to get more Western Australians back to work and into more social and recreational activities, as together we continue to kick-start WA’s economy,” said McGowan in a statement.
“It’s because of the incredible effort of all Western Australians that we’ve been able to reach each phase and continue to lead the states in relaxing restrictions.”
At the moment, large scale events like music festivals won’t yet be permitted, but you’d think it won’t be too long before those from the West are back partying at festivals.
“Phase 4 is another giant step for WA – we’re confident it’s the right step, at the right time,” he continued.
The hard border will remain with all other states. “The WA hard border will only be removed when the Chief Health Officer of Western Australia is confident the spread of the infection is controlled in the eastern states,” the Premier told the ABC.
Rather than be jealous, we’ll just try and be happy for Western Australians and hope that we’ll get concerts across all other states before too long. And if things don’t improve, there’s always this suit that someone has invented to protect you at concerts.