The Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 is in effect.

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How everyone is affected

How businesses are affected

Defined public activities

Maximum occupancy requirements for Defined public activities

Contact tracing

Restricted businesses

Excluded businesses

How everyone is affected

Density requirements are in place. The total number of people at a place must not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres.

Physical distancing, or social distancing principles 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.


Gatherings at private residences may have up to 50 people per gathering.

Gatherings at a private place (other than a private residence) are restricted to no more than 150 people.

Gatherings including private functions at relevant licensed premises, weddings and funerals may have up to 150 people per gathering.

How businesses are affected

Covid-Safe Plan

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.

Public Activity Requirements (PDF, 133.2 KB) lists what measures must be followed for Defined and other public activities.

Covid Managment Plan

Some high-risk public activities require a COVID Management Plan, approved by SA Health.

COVID Marshals

From 21 August, COVID Marshals are required across a number of industry sectors to ensure venue capacity, physical distancing and infection control requirements are met.

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
  • ceremonies
  • 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.

Contact tracing

Some businesses are required to make and retain records of patrons attending public activities.

The businesses and activities required to keep records for contact tracing are:

  • gaming machine venues
  • indoor fitness classes
  • indoor public meetings
  • personal care services
  • ceremonies
  • weddings (including wedding ceremonies and receptions)
  • funeral services (including wakes)
  • private functions
  • auctions and inspections of premises for the purpose of sale or rental
  • provision of recreational transport
  • driver instruction.

Details collected must include:

  • the time and date of the activity
  • the name of each person in attendance
  • either the phone number or email address of each person in attendance.

Contact tracing records must be presented at the request of an authorised officer and may not be used retained for any other purpose. For example, the records can’t be used for marketing or similar purposes.

Contact tracing record for attendance at public activities (PDF, 558.9 KB)

Contact tracing record for attendance at public activities (DOCX, 60.0 KB)

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 or sauce 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.

Excluded businesses

A number of locations and activities are excluded from the Direction on public activities, including:

  • airports
  • 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.

More information

See the Direction on Public Activities for details.

Page last updated: 3 October 2020