The South Australian government has released its Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions. While the Prime Minister and National Cabinet have released a national framework, state and territory governments must develop their own plans for moving towards a COVID safe society and economy. This roadmap is South Australia's plan.
Recovery Step 1
Step 1 commenced on Monday 11 May with further easing of restrictions from 22 May.
Recovery Step 2
Step 2 commenced on Monday 1 June. It allowed many businesses to recommence trade, with conditions placed on businesses that conduct a number Defined public activities.
The COVID-Safe Plan was introduced for Step 2. It is a list of measures designed to keep patrons and staff safe and minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. It contains general and specific requirements that must be followed by a business conducting Defined public activities.
Step 2 principles
The easing of restrictions for Step 2 is based on a number of principles based on available medical evidence.
While South Australia currently has a low number of cases, it is important that we continue to apply principles that limit the ability for COVID-19 to be transmitted and to spread among networks of people, and continue to test everyone with COVID-19 symptoms.
Read the Principles for Step 2 changes
Step 2 Plus (from 19 June)
From 19 June, density requirements remained in place but more people could gather.
- A maximum of 300 at a venue.
- Any separate room or area may have a maximum of 75 people (subject to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule).
- Physical distancing measures was still followed. Aim to keep 1.5 metres away from other members of the public.
The Public Activities direction places conditions on businesses that conduct a number Defined public activities.
See Activities and gatherings for the list of Defined public activities, exclusions and restrictions.
Businesses involved in a Defined public activity must complete a COVID-Safe Plan.
From 19 June, dance and fitness classes in larger rooms could have up to 20 people if they meet a density requirement of 1 person per 7 square metres.
For smaller rooms, classes of up to 10 can be accommodated if they meet the density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres.
This does not include the people employed or engaged to work to run the activity. Physical distancing and good hygiene practices should be followed.
All participants are required to provide their name and phone number or email address. The person conducting the activity must retain a record of those contact details and produce them at the request of an authorised officer.
The SA government has eased some border restrictions. This affects people entering South Australia from Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia.
- Travellers entering directly from NT, QLD, TAS and WA are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days.
- Anyone currently in quarantine, who arrived directly from NT, QLD, TAS and WA, can end their quarantine, regardless of how long they have been in SA.
Travellers arriving from all other states and territories are still required to quarantine for 14 days. For example, if you live in WA, Tasmania or NT but arrive from Victoria or NSW, you are still required to quarantine for 14 days.
From 1 July, anyone wanting to enter SA from interstate will need to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration.
Victorian COVID-19 outbreak
Victorian residents, other than Essential Travellers, are not permitted to travel to South Australia. Checkpoints or road blocks will be set up at all border crossings between South Australia and Victoria.
From 12:01 am, Wednesday 29 July
- South Australians will no longer be able to return to SA from Victoria
- To be considered for cross border community travel, you must reside within 40 km of the border (previously 50 km)
Read about Travel restrictions for more information.
All defined public activities are required to have a COVID-Safe Plan in place. Read the FAQs document on this page for a full list of activities and businesses to whom this applies.
Most businesses who previously created a COVID-Safe Plan will not need to complete a revised COVID-Safe Plan for Step 3.
Room allowances will increase as part of Step 3, but with a limit of one person per 2 square metres. As such, businesses are now likely to be able to welcome more patrons.
When creating their original COVID-Safe Plan, businesses were required to list all rooms or spaces that would be open to patrons, as well as the area of those rooms. If these details will not change, no new plan will be needed – these businesses will automatically receive an updated plan via email.
Some high-risk public activities will require a COVID Management Plan.
Businesses that don't need a new plan
You will NOT have to complete a revised plan for Step 3, if you:
- have already completed a Step 2 plus COVID-safe plan for your business, and
- are not increasing the amount of space or number of rooms open to patrons for Step 3, and
- are not restarting any activities that are newly allowed under Step 3.
An updated plan will be sent to the email address on file with a revised total of patrons allowed based on the room sizes originally supplied as well as revised obligations and recommendations. You must print and make this updated plan available from 29 June.
Businesses that do need a new plan
You WILL need to complete a revised COVID-Safe Plan for Step 3 if you:
- plan to offer more rooms or spaces to patrons
- plan to extend or alter the floorspace of any existing rooms or spaces
- plan to restart any activities that are newly allowed under Step 3
For example: pubs that are now re-opening their gaming room, or wellness centres that are now reopening their sauna facilities.
- are a business that is allowed to re-open for the first time as part of Step 3
For example: indoor play centres, spas and saunas, seated dining at food courts.
- are recreational transport provider. Recreational transport is now a defined public activity. If you provide recreational transport, such as tours buses, ferries, etc, you must now complete a COVID-Safe Plan.
From 29 July
To manage the public health risk posed by the outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria, restrictions have been put in place.
From 12:01 am Wednesday 29 July:
- South Australians will no longer be able to return to SA from Victoria - only essential travellers will be able to enter SA from Victoria
- a cap of 100 people for funerals (including wakes) and weddings
- a cap of 50 for gatherings in private homes
- to be considered for cross border community travel to and from Victoria, you must reside within 40 km of the border (previously 50 km).
Frequently asked questions - Step 3 (DOCX, 519.7 KB) -29 July 2020
Frequently asked questions - Step 3 (PDF, 805.9 KB) - 29 July 2020
Roadmap FAQs - Communal and shared food (DOCX, 540.3 KB) -21 July 2020
Roadmap FAQs - Communal and shared food (PDF, 288.6 KB) - 21 July 2020