Breaking: Perth events and entertainment industry is facing severe new restrictions, under new guidelines.
New WA government guidelines suggest events with dance-floors, single focus stages and alcohol service could be cancelled or stopped from going ahead, industry sources said.
The WA events and venues industry is bracing for a summer of pain as the new rules are introduced from this month.
WA Health is warning industries focused on events, Nightclubs, music venues, balls and other large gatherings are facing heavy scrutiny.
The entire industry is on edge after the bulletin was issued late this week.
The WA Health Department is now considering events as “high risk” if they go for “more than 4-hours duration, where alcohol is a primary or secondary focus; the event has a dance floor or mosh pit; and the venue’s stage or performance area is a focal point.”
Industry sources say a number of major events will now need to be cancelled and other planned major events are now unlikely to go ahead due to the uncertainty.
It’s likely Northbridge, Fremantle and City nightclubs and large music venues could also be impacted.
Concerts and music festivals – worth millions of dollars for the local economy – planned for summer, also face cancellation under the new guidelines.
Update: 9 News Perth ‘WA’s events industry has been dealt a major blow ‘
This website spoke to a number of industry sources who were deeply concerned about the state of the events industry in the coming months. After being completely decimated in the lockdown earlier this year, the new rules could be another massive blow for many businesses. Those sources are seeking clarity from the government.
The new rules come as the WA government allows travel again between select Australian states and territories.