WA venues to undergo Covid-19 training program before reopening

Venues in Western Australia will have to undergo new online Covid-19 training before they are allowed to reopen under a new initiative announced by Premier Mark McGowan.

Around 70,000 people hospitality workers are expected to complete the free Covid-19 hygiene training course, which is being funded by a $1.8 million cash injection from the WA Government.

The course will comprise two tiers, with all staff to complete the first stage and managers and supervisors required to complete the second, more advanced program.

The course would take 45 minutes to an hour to complete the training, covering everything from social distancing to food handling and hygiene.

Every venue will be required to have a staff member with the more advanced accreditation on shift at all times and will also have to display signage that the venue is compliant with all conditions.

McGowan said the program was “all part of getting us ready for a restart”.

“This is to provide confidence to venues and to customers when the time comes to re-open, so we all know the very safest of environments is in place,” he said.