Event assistance grants open as WA events cancel amid Omicron fears

Perth's City to Surf has been cancelled for a third year in a row.

Community events in WA are cancelling in droves ahead of the planned border reopening in February over uncertainty surrounding possible Covid restrictions.

With the border due to reopen on February 5, WA’s long isolation from Covid is set to come to an end with the Omicron variant currently surging through eastern states.

Premier Mark McGowan is still working through modelling and has yet to outline what public health restrictions may be put in place.

Disability support group Activ has cancelled its City to Surf fundraising event in August for the third consecutive year while the City of Mandurah has also cancelled its Crab Fest in March. Perth Festival also canned its planned opening events Escape that were due to be held across sites in Fremantle.

The Skyworks event on Australia Day is still going ahead but has mandated that all attendees be fully vaccinated.

However, the state government has opened applications for grants for those businesses directly impacted by public health restrictions in Perth and Peel over the Christmas season.

The Small Business Assistance Grant is open for small businesses and sole traders in the hospitality and events sector that meet the eligibility criteria.