Standing orders

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Ship Inn bar staff Chloe Branfield, manager Kyetahn Bloomfield and patron Mary Debono have hailed phase 4 of restrictions as a "return to social norms." picture: Jackson Lavell-Lee
Camera IconShip Inn bar staff Chloe Branfield, manager Kyetahn Bloomfield and patron Mary Debono have hailed phase 4 of restrictions as a "return to social norms." picture: Jackson Lavell-Lee Credit: Picture: Jackson Lavell-Lee

West Australians will finally be allowed to have a drink standing up at the bar, potentially go to a concert or the footy, as of tomorrow.

Premier Mark McGowan announced Phase 4 of the easing of social restrictions on Monday, abolishing gathering limits and the patron register but requiring pub-goers to maintain a 2sqm physical distancing rule.

Venues around the Capes have thrown their support behind the State Government’s decision with anticipated benefits in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

The Ship Inn manager Kyetahn Bloomfield said it had been difficult enforcing the no-standing restrictions when the venue reopened.

“It’s been the hardest thing to enforce because everyone wants to stand at the bar and chat with the bartenders or stand together outside in the sun,” he said.

“Now that the restrictions are lifting we will be providing gigs, DJs and Sunday afternoon sessions to keep things rolling.”

Good Day Sunshine this week confirmed the festival, at 3 Oceans Winery, would go ahead on October 31 with acts including John Butler Trio, Xavier Rudd and Josh Pyke.

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