The Western Australian Government has announced a cautious easing of restrictions, including allowing indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.

The new 10-person rule, which became effective on Monday 27 April, brings WA in line with the restrictions in South Australia.

The changes, based on health advice, will mean indoor and outdoor non-work gatherings will be relaxed and lifted from the two person only limit, following a continued low number of new cases and the encouraging response to COVID-19 in WA.

This opens the door for more non-contact recreational activities such as private picnics in the park, fishing, boating, hiking and camping – all in compliance with travel restrictions, social distancing practices, and the 10-person rule.

The Liquor Stores Association of Western Australia (LSA WA) says that these are all great signs that show the spread of the virus is being well managed, but CEO Peter Peck is reminding liquor retailers to not become complacent.

“I do stress, we are managing it, not defeating it,” he said.

“With the colder months just around the corner, the reality is there could be a return to a more rigid lock down during winter, therefore we must ensure we plan for the worst and hope for the best.

“So, if there is anything that needs attention like a faulty ‘tap and go’ terminal, any refrigeration servicing or general maintenance that needs help from a third party, now maybe the best time to get it done.

“I’d also encourage you to look at your staff roster. Do you have a plan if you or your staff can’t work?

“I suggest having a Plan B for staffing. It could be the time for family or friends to get a Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate just in case.

“To get on top of the virus it’s important we all stay two or three steps ahead.”

Deborah Jackson

Deb joined Intermedia in 2015 as Editor of National Liquor News and Deputy Editor of The Shout. Since then, she has also worked as the Editor of Beer & Brewer and the New Zealand title, World of Wine....

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