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Host your Australia Day gathering with friends and family

The usual fireworks display may have been cancelled this year, but Australia Day is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends.

January 21, 2021

Because of COVID and to avoid a huge gathering of people, Perth’s Australia Day Skyworks isn’t happening this year.

In spite of this, we are very lucky here in WA. Unlike the rest of Australia, our COVID restrictions are still relaxed, and while there are still some limits on gatherings, we can gather together and enjoy the day.

You can also check your local council to see if there are any smaller, organised events in your area.

Here are 5 tips to help make the day a success:

  1. Keep it simple and share the load. Crank up the BBQ and ask everyone to bring a plate of snacks or a salad to share.
  2. Have a game of backyard cricket – the number one preferred sport to play on Australia Day. (Also, one of the most common reasons for an argument, so you may want to brush up on the rules!).
  3. If you have a pool, make sure it’s sparkling clean and ready to go – just in case it’s one of the extremely hot days we’ve been experiencing lately.
  4. Invite your neighbours! When you’re planning to have a gathering at home, the best way to keep your neighbours happy is to invite them!
  5. Make sure any guests park considerately and keep the noise and music at a reasonable level.

Although COVID restrictions aren’t severe here in WA, we should continue to follow a number of rules and guidelines.

  • We still have the two square metres per person rule in place. There is no limit to numbers as long as there is no more than one person every 2 sqm.
  • Keep up physical distancing where possible.
  • Use good personal hygiene to better protect yourself and the general health of our community.
  • Download the Health Department SafeWA App and use it where it is required in venues. The use of the App is not mandatory but is encouraged for contact tracing should it be required.

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