29 JUNE 2020

Message from Minister for Sport & Recreation Mick Murray

Good morning

While these updates have typically been COVID-19 centred, I would be amiss not to mention the fantastic announcement last week that Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This is great news for the sports sector  – and I can’t wait to see the growth and development it brings to women’s football.

I would also like to thank everyone involved in the development and launch of the WA Hiking Strategy. The strategy is the first of its kind in the country, and will capitalise on the record number of bushwalkers, hikers and trail runners we have seen taking to our parks in recent months. The WA Hiking Strategy is available here:

On Saturday we moved into Phase 4 of the easing of the COVID-19 related restrictions, and the only restrictions that will remain on the maximum capacity of both indoor and outdoor venues is the 2sqm rule. Additionally, records of patrons are no longer required.  This should remove a lot of the administrative burden on clubs of previous weeks.

Gyms will also be able to now operate unstaffed or unsupervised, though regular cleaning must be maintained.

COVID Safety Plans must remain in place, and I have attached the updated Phase 4 template. I have also attached an updated version of the COVID-19 Phase 4 Factsheet for your reference, which provides a concise summary of what the latest phase means for sport and recreation. Please circulate to your clubs and members.

It is thanks to the community effort of West Australians in adhering to earlier restrictions that we will be the first State to re-start major events with crowds – with a 50 per cent capacity rule applying for the State’s major sport and entertainment venues – and a move to full capacity planned to be introduced as part of Phase 5 on 18 July, depending on local infection rates.

Best wishes,