State election 2021: Health advices rules in favour of sausage sizzles on polling day | Ralph Lauren

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In good news for voters, the democracy sausage will be exempt from COVID-19 restrictions.

With less than four weeks to go until the State election, school principals have been told health advice has ruled in favour of sausage sizzles on polling day.

The Education Department has provided principals with a draft template letter to send to P&Cs or community members planning to hold fundraising events on school sites.

“As the 2021 State Election is almost upon us, I would like to share with you some advice we have received from Dr Andy Robertson, WA Chief Health Officer in regard to COVID-19 and holding fundraising activities on school sites during polling day — March 13,” the letter says.

“We have been advised fundraising activities, such as sausage sizzles or cake stalls, are not required to implement a COVID-safe plan or maintain contact tracing registers.”

“However, if you intend to hold a fundraising stall, you may consider to voluntarily comply with these measures to help keep our community healthy and safe.”

Mark McGowan and Bill Shorten share a democracy sausage at Yokine Primary School in 2017.
Camera IconMark McGowan and Bill Shorten share a democracy sausage at Yokine Primary School in 2017. Credit: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

The letter also noted that, consistent with normal practice, organisers of fundraisers serving food must notify relevant environmental health services.

The letter was attached to an email to all school principals from Education Department director-general Lisa Rodgers asking them to communicate the advice to anyone coordinating fundraising events.

“May we all enjoy a democracy sausage come polling day,” Ms Rodgers wrote.

The WA Electoral Commission is encouraging people concerned about attending a polling place on election day to vote beforehand, either by postal vote or at an early voting centre. It has also urged electors to bring their own pen or pencil.

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