This topic has been an ongoing area of confusion with different messaging and advice being provided to sporting clubs involved in community events, as “a place operating under an occasional liquor licence”.
Since my general advice on the matter was posted earlier this week, the State Government has updated its FAQs on the topic. DLGSC and Sportwest recommend the following advice to our clubs. I have used some of the recently updated information from Sportwest for your information (with their permission).
Can I remind you all that our clubs and promoters are required to take reasonable steps in complying with the current requirements.
Do I have to show proof of vaccination if I am just playing sport on an area that is covered by the liquor license? For example, are golf courses and lawn bowls greens captured under proof of vaccination requirements?
Proof of vaccination applies to the part of a business where alcohol is supplied i.e. proof of vaccination applies to the part of the venue where alcohol is sold and consumed.
If, for example, alcohol is served and consumed throughout both a restaurant and an associated playing field or golf green – proof of vaccination would apply throughout. If alcohol was only supplied within a club, proof of vaccination would apply in that location only.
Do local clubs with no hospitality or alcohol component require proof of vaccination for members? What if there is a bar but it only operates on weekends?
Local clubs that do not have a hospitality or alcohol component do not require proof of vaccination for their normal activities. If the bar or seated hospitality only operates on certain days, the proof of vaccination requirement will only apply to the venue when the bar or hospitality is operating.
Can I purchase takeaway food or drinks without showing proof of vaccination?
Yes. You are not required to show proof of vaccination if you are purchasing food and non-alcoholic beverage takeaway.
You can view all of the State Government’s FAQs via www.wa.gov.au
Our key message is please be kind to our hard-working community sport volunteers and staff, they don’t make the rules, they are simply trying to follow the rules in place to keep WA safe.
If you do have questions about proof of vaccination requirements and their impact on community sport, please email them to us on email@example.com and I am happy to escalate them to DLGSC and Sportwest to try and get a clear position to assist you.