Couples around Perth are looking forward to whipping off their masks just in time for Valentine’s Day.
As part of the transition from this week’s lockdown, it’s expected that masks will no longer be required from 12.01am on Sunday — what is traditionally known as the most romantic day of the year.
While many smirk at the idea of Valentine’s Day, there has been a resurgence of venues hosting special events to mark the occasion.
Bars and restaurants such as The Flour Factory, Fleur, The Reveley and Ten Acre Block have all prepared swoon-worthy menus with decadent touches like oysters, caviar and pink cocktails.
Samuels on Mill, which has newly opened at the refurbishes Parmelia Hilton, is targeting early birds with an indulgent bottomless brunch and free-flowing bubbles.
And venues aren’t just encouraging couples to clink glasses. Many events have tailored options for friends wanting to toast to platonic love instead.
Douglas Clarke and Hannah Campbell are celebrating their first Valentine’s Day as a couple and said they were relieved restrictions were easing for the occasion.
“Now that our restaurants are back open and we don’t have to wear a mask, Dougie and I can spend our first Valentine’s Day together doing what we love — eating and spending time with one another,” Campbell said.
“We were a little worried we might not be able to celebrate but we are so happy to be so lucky in WA that we can.”
Read our full guide to Valentine’s Day in Perth.