On Thursday 13 January 2022, WA Premier Mark McGowan MLA announced expanded state-wide proof of vaccination requirements that will come into effect from Monday 31 January 2022.
Since 4 January, proof of vaccination has been required at higher risk venues and events in Perth and Peel, and the new expanded requirements will include new higher-risk venues.
Proof of double dose COVID-19 vaccination for those aged 16 and older will be required for:
- visitors to public and private hospitals, and aged care facilities
- all hospitality venues including restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, clubs, taverns, night clubs and dine-in fast food (roadhouses, service stations and takeaway is exempt)
- indoor entertainment venues, including play centres, gaming and gambling, theatres, concert halls, museums, cinemas and live music venues
- bottle shops
- the entire Crown Perth complex
- major stadiums
- gyms, fitness centres and health studios
- amusement parks and the Perth Zoo
- music festivals and large events with more than 500 people, unless exempt.
Community sport and school-based events, unless at one of the specific venues listed, are exempt from the proof of vaccination requirement.
People will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination in a digital or paper-based form, along with approved identification unless using the ServiceWA app. Visit www.wa.gov.au to see information on getting proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Venues, staff and patrons will have a shared responsibility when it comes to proof of vaccination, with venues required to take reasonable steps to ensure all patrons are double dose vaccinated, or exempt.
Mayor Mark Irwin said the City of Stirling was committed to complying with the requirements and encouraged customers to show patience and respect for the City staff who would soon be required to check vaccination requirements.
“The best advice of our expert health professionals have guided WA through now more than two years of uncertainty and challenge,” he said.
“The latest research shows that a booster vaccine can raise someone’s protection against Omicron to 86 per cent against symptomatic disease and 98 per cent against severe infection¹.
“Vaccines are safe and effective, and the best thing each individual person can do to better protect their health, family and community.
“The City of Stirling operates a number of facilities and events that – under the new State Government mandates – will require proof of vaccination, and the City will comply with the health-based law of the land just as we have done at every other point during this pandemic.
“In recent times, this has included enforcing mandatory vaccination requirements for certain City employees according to State Government mandates.
“This pandemic has required everyone to be flexible, to adapt, to be willing to change and each of us has had to sacrifice things we would have preferred in order to keep other people safe.
“Our compliance with these latest requirements will be no different. I ask every customer, client and attendee of affected City services and events to remember that our staff have no more choice in enforcing these rules than they do in complying with them, and that we expect people to treat our teams with respect and decency.”
City services and events are expected to be affected by the new proof of vaccination requirements. Subject to receiving Directions from the Department of Health, this will likely include;
- all Stirling Leisure Centres where health and fitness activities occur
- the Hamersley Public Golf Course bar/restaurant area
- the Mount Flora Museum
- any City venue hired for the purposes of the functions mentioned earlier in the State Government’s list of higher-risk venues, and
- all City-run events with more than 500 attendees expected.
Large events run by external organisers both in the City and using its venues will also likely be required to comply with the state-wide mandates, and the City of Stirling will ensure compliance with all relevant health restrictions.
City employees previously required to ensure compliance with check-in procedures will now be involved in checking proof of vaccination requirements, and City officers will be empowered by these State Government mandates to refuse entry to services and events under these new directions.
The City of Stirling expects to receive specific health directions and advice relating to the compliance of local governments with these new mandates, and will update the community through the COVID-19 update page www.stirling.wa.gov.au/update.
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