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:
- A cap of 100 people for funerals and weddings
- A cap of 50 for gatherings in private homes
- South Australians will no longer be able to return to SA from Victoria. Only essential travellers will be able to enter SA from Victoria.
- To be considered for cross border community travel, you must reside within 40 km of the border (currently 50 km).
Step 3 of South Australia’s Roadmap to Recovery is in place as of 29 June 2020.
The Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 is now in effect.
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How everyone is affected
New density requirements apply for Recovery Step 3. The total number of people at a place must not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres.
Physical distancing, or social distancing principles also still apply. Every person should attempt to stay at least 1.5 metres from other members of the public. However, this does not apply to people who live together, who are friends or family members, or people who regularly associate with each other.
How businesses are affected
All businesses must follow density requirements and physical distancing principles.
The current Direction outlines a number of Defined public activities.
All businesses that conduct a Defined public activity must have a COVID-Safe Plan.
Some Defined public activities require a business to complete contact tracing records.
Defined public activities
A defined public activity means:
- onsite purchase and consumption of food or beverages (whether occurring in an indoor or outdoor area)
- sport (including sports training), fitness or recreation activities
- indoor public meetings
- provision of personal care services
- provision of public entertainment
- provision of recreational transport
- the operation of a nightclub
- the operation of relevant licensed premises
- the operation of a casino or gaming area
- auctions and inspections of premises for the purpose of sale or rental of any property
- driver instruction.
Maximum occupancy requirements for Defined public activities
The density requirement of 1 person per 2 square metres applies for Defined public activities. The maximum number of attendees at a place of business will be determined by its size.
These requirements apply only to patrons, not staff.
Some businesses are required to make and retain records of patrons attending public activities. This must include the name of each patron in attendance, as well as their phone number or email address, along with the time and date of their attendance.
Contact tracing records must be presented at the request of an authorised officer. These records must only be used in the event that tracing of contacts needs to occur. For example, the records can’t be used for marketing or similar purposes.
Restrictions on businesses
While most businesses may now open, some restrictions apply.
- No shared utensils may be provided in the course of providing the service of any food or beverages.
- No communal food or beverage service areas may operate, this includes buffets, salad bars or communal water/beverage dispensers
- No re-usable equipment, such as ‘hookah’ or other pipes, tubes, heads or any other equipment associated with the operation of shisha, smoking or vaping at the place may be used.
A number of locations and activities are excluded from the Direction on public activities, including:
- public transport
- medical or health services, including hospitals
- emergency services
- disability, aged care or residential facilities
- prisons, correctional facilities or training centres
- courts or tribunals
- Parliament or Government House
- council meetings (although members of the public attending must adhere to maximum occupancy and density requirements)
- food markets, supermarkets, grocery stores, retail stores or shopping centres
- workplaces, including offices, factories, laboratories, repair or maintenance premises (workshops), mining or construction sites, waste disposal or processing facilities
- land or vessels used in the production or treatment of primary produce
- schools, universities, educational institutions and childcare facilities
- accommodation facilities such as hotels or motels
- where people are transiting through a place (such as Rundle Mall)
- any other gathering deemed exempt by the State Coordinator.
See the Direction on Public Activities for details and frequently asked questions.