08/05/2020

South Australia is set to relax COVID-19 restrictions after a national announcement today.

The South Australian government has released its Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions (PDF, 53.8 KB), with stage one to start on Monday 11 May.

In releasing SA’s Roadmap to recovery, Premier Steven Marshall said all South Australians have worked together to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“We should all be proud of the way South Australia has led the nation and even the world in our response to this unprecedented health and economic challenge,” he said.

“The government’s strong plan to protect and prepare South Australia has meant that we are now in a position to start getting back to business by progressively easing restrictions”

While the Prime Minister and National Cabinet have released a national framework, state and territory governments will develop their own plans for moving towards a COVID-safe society and economy. This roadmap is South Australia's plan.

For South Australia, this means the following changes will be coming into effect from Monday.

  • Regional travel is to be permitted. Getting back travelling within the state will be a great way to support regional communities.
  • Universities and TAFEs will be able to recommence face-to-face tutorials.
  • Cafes and restaurants will be able to offer outdoor dining for up to 10 patrons at a time.
  • The restriction on gatherings at community, youth and RSL halls will be eased. Gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted.
  • Auctions and home inspections will be able to recommence, with a maximum of 10 participants at a time.
  • Council libraries will be clear to reopen allowing a maximum of 10 patrons at a time.
  • Sporting clubs will be able to recommence some outdoor training in groups of no more than 10, with contact between team-mates still discouraged.
  • The limit on funeral attendees will be lifted to 20 attendees for indoor services and 30 for outdoors.
  • Wedding will be able to have up to 10 guests (not counting the celebrant and staff).
  • Churches will be able to reopen but no more than 10 people can attend at once.
  • Swimming pools will be able to re-open, allowing one lap swimmer per lane, and no more than 10 swimmers at once.
  • Campgrounds and caravan parks will also be able to go back to normal operations but gatherings should be limited to a maximum of 10 people.

For all the above items, social distancing measures should still be taken. People should keep at least 1.5 m apart and, when indoors, allow four square metres per person.

More detail will be available on the SA COVID-19 Recovery page as it is released.

See South Australia's Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions (PDF, 63.9 KB) and Frequently asked questions (PDF, 411.9 KB).

Step two of the roadmap, scheduled for 8 June, will further ease restrictions and allow more businesses and services to recommence.