When the Prime Minister makes recommendations to the states about restriction guidelines relating to COVID-19, each state must then consider how those recommendations will be applied. They are not enforceable in South Australia until the State Coordinator, Commissioner Grant Stevens, enacts a Direction.

The South Australian Directions apply to everyone living in, and entering, South Australia.

A direction is in place regarding prohibited gatherings.

The Emergency Management (Gatherings No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 will come into effect at 12:01am on Friday 22 May 2020. It revokes the Emergency Management (Gatherings No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

This Direction will remain in place until it is updated or removed.

Direction details

Prohibited gathering means:

  • a gathering of more than 10 persons
  • a gathering of 10 or less persons that does not comply with the density requirement, which is a requirement that the total number of persons present in a gathering must not exceed one person per 4 square metres.

The direction stipulates that a person who owns, controls or operates a place in the State of South Australia must not allow a prohibited gathering to occur at the place.

A person must not organise a prohibited gathering at a place in the State of South Australia.

A person who is present at a gathering (whether or not a prohibited gathering) must use their best endeavours to comply with the social distancing principles (having regard to the all the circumstances).

A person who is present in a court or tribunal must comply with a reasonable direction of a sheriff's officer given for the purposes of implementing the density requirement and the social distancing principles.

It is important to note that a gathering of more than 10 people or a gathering of 10 people or less that does not comply with the one person per four square metres rule is prohibited at any location, either indoors or outdoors in this state. However, those who ordinarily reside in premises with 10 or more people are able to continue residing together in those premises.

Direction also provides an updated list of gatherings that are not to be regarded as a prohibited gathering.

The principles of social distancing remain unchanged and everyone must make every effort to keep 1.5 metres away from each other and not exceed the density requirement of one person per four square metres.

It is an offence to breach this direction.

More details, including powers of authorised officers and what does not include a gathering, can be found in the direction.

This Direction is the latest to be issued and will remain current until it is updated or removed.

Emergency Management (Gatherings No 2) (COVID-19) Direction (PDF, 861.7 KB) - 9 September 2020
Emergency Management (Gatherings No 2) (COVID-19) Direction (RTF, 98.9 KB) - 8 September 2020


Frequently asked questions (PDF, 560.0 KB) - 8 September 2020
Frequently asked questions (DOCX, 179.0 KB) - 9 September 2020

Page last updated: 21 May 2020