The Australian Retailers Association has today circularised its members that the Western Australian Government has today (February 1) announced new measures affecting retailers, following yesterday’s announcement of a five-day lockdown until 6pm Friday 5 February.
Non-essential retail will be required to close as part of the lockdown.
Retailers are also required to use the government’s QR Code system from 6am tomorrow – the SafeWA contact tracing system. This has been brought forward from its previously announced start date of Friday 12 February.
Retail providers of essential goods are permitted to stay open, and include the following categories:
- Supermarkets and grocery stores (including bakeries, butchers, fruit and vegetable stores and fishmongers)
- Take away food outlets
- Specialist food stores
- Hardware stores
- Post offices
- Liquor stores
- Petrol stations
- Road houses and truck stops
Shopping centres may open to provide access to essential retail providers. All other retailers are required to close.
Essential retailers are also permitted to open their associated warehouses to conduct business activities. Non-essential retailers may only operate their warehouses to undertake necessary tasks to avoid business failure, such as to perform critical maintenance.
Click-and-collect services can only continue for essential retailers.
Please monitor the Western Australian Government’s website. for formal announcements and detail. As at 5.30pm the website had not been updated with additional detail.