Update on 08.09.2020

Information regarding face masks for general consulting in non-COVID suspicious patients has been conflicting, confusing and changes frequently. Following is some of the most recent information to be used as a guide for you to make decisions in your practice. Depending on your practice location, your operating state and your personal circumstances this should be considered on a case-by-case basis. For the most up to date Australian information look at the Department of Health website.

On the 27th of June 2020, WA moved to stage 4 restrictions;

  • All existing gathering limits and the 100/300 rule removed
  • Gathering limits now only determined by WA’s reduced 2 square metre rule
  • The 2 square metre rule will only include staff at venues that hold more than 500 patrons
  • Removal of seated service requirements at food businesses and licensed premises
  • No requirement to maintain patron register at food businesses and licensed premises
  • Alcohol can be served as part of unseated service arrangements
  • All events permitted except for music festivals
  • Unseated performances permitted at venues such as concert halls, live music venues, bars, pubs and nightclubs
  • Gyms operating unstaffed, but regular cleaning must be maintained
  • The casino gaming floor reopening under agreed temporary restrictions.

Remember to;

  • Practise physical distancing (keep at least 1.5 metres or two arms lengths from each other)
  • Practise good personal hygiene (wash hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitiser and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your elbow)
  • Stay home if unwell and if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms get tested for COVID-19
  • download the COVIDSafe app (external site).

Should I wear a face mask?

WA Health does not generally recommend the use of facemasks for the general public to prevent the risk of contracting COVID-19.

However, if you are in an area where community transmission is occurring and physical distancing is difficult to maintain, covering your face with a mask can provide some protection.

Current COVID status in WA?

View here.

Need more information?
If you require further COVID-19 clarification or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact the Optometry Australia Optometry Advisor Helpdesk on 03 9668 8500 or at national@optometry.org.au

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