Events in July: Western Australia removes venue cap

Business Events of any size can go ahead from 18 July in WA. Photo: Perth, Creative Commons.

The Western Australian State Government has announced they will remove all venue capacity limits from 18 July as part of their rollback of COVID restrictions.

The change includes abolishing existing limits on gatherings and permits all events—except for large-scale, multi-stage music festivals.

Claude Sagripanti, EEAA Chief Executive welcomed the news and said the decision provides “critical momentum” for the MICE industry.

“Western Australia is paving the way forward with Phase 4 COVID-19 restriction liftings starting from this Saturday, meaning the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity, followed by the Phase 5 removal of the 2sqm rule set to be introduced on Saturday 18 July,” Ms Sagripanti said.

Nigel Keen, General Manager of Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, has been actively working with the Western Australian Government and Minister Paul Papalia to achieve this milestone for Western Australia.

“Soon after the effects of COVID-19 hit the Business Events industry, an active lobbying campaign commenced with the Western Australian Government to plan for the restart of events under COVIDSafe guidelines, with measures in place to ensure commercial viability. I’m very pleased to report that the Western Australian government has considered most of our requests and given July 18 as the date when we can commence business as usual,” Mr Keen said.