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Departmental Circular 4 2020

Owners, occupiers or people in charge of the following ‘affected places’ must close to the public for the period from 12 noon on 23 March to midnight on 13 April 2020.

‘Affected places’ are:

  • a profit or not-for-profit business such as a pub, bar or club that supplies alcohol under a licence granted by the Liquor Control Act 1988 (WA) — not including any part of the business that is a bottleshop;
  • a hotel, whether licensed or unlicensed, but not to the extent that it provides accommodation, takeaway meals or drinks or a meal delivery service or any part of the hotel constituted by a bottleshop;
  • a gym; an indoor sporting centre; a casino; a cinema or nightclub; an entertainment venue of any other kind; or a restaurant or café, other than to the extent that it provides takeaway meals or drinks or a meal delivery service; and
  • a place of worship, other than for the purposes of a wedding or funeral.

You can download the Commissioner’s full directions below.

To ensure national consistency this Direction applies to local government venues and facilities. It affects libraries, indoor sporting venues, theatres and other cultural and sporting facilities that may be operated or managed by local governments or private operators.

This Direction is about access to the public; it does not affect these as places of work and operations can continue.  Indeed, I encourage you to look at new or expanded ways to offer services and to keep your staff gainfully employed.

This is a time when we must all take leadership roles in setting the example for, and providing guidance to, members of the community. I appreciate the efforts that you are taking in this regard.

If you have any questions, please email

Yours sincerely

Duncan Ord OAM
Director General

23 March 2020


Page reviewed 27 February 2023