Non-essential retail in WA ordered to shut

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THE Western Australian government yesterday unveiled further COVID-19 measures, requiring all non-essential retailers to close as part of the lockdown.

This follows the announcement on Sunday of a five-day lockdown, until 6pm Friday 5 February.

Under the new measures, essential retail are permitted to stay open and they include supermarkets and grocery stores, pharmacies, petrol stations, post offices, newsagents and hardware stores.

Restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars and clubs are permitted to provide takeaway only.

Meanwhile shopping centres may open to provide access to the essential retail, however all other retailers are required to close.

Non-essential retailers can only continue to operate as click-and-collect services.

Furthermore cinemas, entertainment venues, and casinos, beauty therapy services, parlour or salon will need to close.