The content on this page is accurate under the current Directions related to gatherings and social activities, business and travel restrictions, and residential aged care facilities.

Step 2 of easing restrictions has been brought forward to 1 June and new maximum limits of people allowed in venues have been set. This page will be updated when new Directions are effective.

The latest information and links for businesses and organisations to complete their COVID-Safe plans are available on the Recovery from COVID-19 page.

Can I meet with more than two people?

You are able to meet with more than two people at a time, as long as you use social distancing of 1.5 metres and it is not more than 10 people.

What if my house has more than two people, can we still meet?

Yes, you are able to meet with everyone in your household. However, social distancing and good hygiene is encouraged.

Can I have a family picnic at my local park?

Yes, provided that the number of people gathering does not exceed 10 people and the social distancing principles of 1.5 metres applies.

Can I go to the playground?

Yes. Playgrounds are operated by local councils but have been deemed safe environments. Social distancing measures should still be observed. The number of people gathering should not exceed 10 people and the social distancing principles of 1.5 metres applies.

Can I go to an outside gym?

Outdoor gyms are operated by local councils. While many outdoor gyms are open, you should comply with any instructions that the council is imposing and if the gym is still closed then do not use it. Outdoor exercise groups cannot exceed 10 people and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to.

Can I go to the skate park?

Skate parks are operated by local councils and many are open. However, the number of people at a skate park cannot exceed 10 people and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to.

Can I take my dog to the dog park?

Dog parks are operated by local councils and many are open. However, gatherings should be 10 or less people at any time, and you still should practice social distancing of 1.5 metres and good hygiene practices.

Can I go to a recreation centre (community hall, club, indoor sporting venue, RSL)?

Community halls, youth centres and club rooms can open, provided attendee limits, social distancing and hygiene requirements and recommendations are observed.

See the Recovery from COVID-19 page fore more information on community and youth centres.

Can I go to the gym or fitness centre (including barre, yoga, and spin facilities)?

No, these facilities are now closed.

Can I go to a golf course?

Some golf courses remain open, but you still need to follow the 1.5 metre social distance rule, and you have no more than 10 people participating in a group.

Is motor, horse or greyhound racing allowed?

Racing has not been banned. Restrictions have been put in place that includes having no spectators, and adherence to social distancing and density requirements. Officials, riders and support staff cannot gather in groups greater than 10, albeit there may be more than 10 officials, riders or support staff on site.

Can I play tennis?

Some tennis courts remain open, but you still need to follow the 1.5 metre social distance rule, and you have no more than 10 people participating in a group.

Can I still train with my team?

Outdoor team training is still allowed, as long as you follow the 1.5 metre social distance rule, and you have no more than 10 people participating in a group.

Any sport may hold training sessions outdoors, and training must be non-contact. Other rules may apply.

See the Recovery from COVID-19 page fore more information on sport.

Can I train with a personal trainer?

You can train with a personal trainer in an outdoor training session or boot camp but there can be no more than 10 people present. The social distancing rules apply not more than one person per four square metres.

Can I go to a food court?

Food courts are closed, but can provide take away food only to be eaten away from the premises.

Can I go to a licensed hotel, bar or club?

Yes, if they offer seated dining.

Can I get takeaway from a hotel, bar or club?

Yes, take away food and beverages to be consumed away from the premises can be purchased. This includes being collected by the purchaser or delivered to their home. This is in addition to seated dining, if offered.

Can I buy food from a winery?

Yes. Where a restaurant is attached to the winery, food may also be sold for take away and consumption off the premises. People present must not exceed more than one person per four square metres and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to.

Can I go to a cellar door to do a wine tasting?

No. Tastings of any kind are not permitted and consumption of any produce, alcohol or takeaway food is not permitted on site.

Can I still buy alcohol online from a winery, brewery or distillery?

Yes. Wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries can sell alcohol online.

Can I go to the cinema?

No, all cinemas are closed.

Can I go to the casino, or a gaming or gambling outlet?

No, all casinos, gaming or gambling outlets are closed.

Can I go to a concert or performance?

No, all concerts, performances and function centres have been closed. Live performances are allowed for the purpose of live streaming by a group of less than 10 people. People present must not exceed more than one person per four square metres and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to.

Can I go to an amusement park or arcade?

No, amusement parks and arcades are closed.

Can I go to an indoor play centre?

No, indoor play centres are closed.

Can I go to the public swimming pool?

Public swimming pools can open, provided that the total number of people does not exceed 10 and people present must not exceed more than one person per four square metres.

Lap swimming may take place, with a limit of one swimmer per lane.

Supervised hydrotherapy, registered swimming club training and elite athlete training can occur in public swimming pools, subject to the same rules.

See the Recovery from COVID-19 page fore more information on public swimming pools.

Can I go to the art gallery?

No, art galleries are now closed.

Can I visit a historic site?

No, historic sites are now closed.

Can I go to the council library?

Local government libraries can open with limitations including a limit of 10 patrons present at any time (excluding library staff). Depending on the size of the library, a lower maximum limit may apply, as libraries also need to comply with the density requirement or 1 person per 4 square metres. Social distancing and hygiene requirements should also be observed.

See the Recovery from COVID-19 page fore more information on local government libraries.

Can I visit a church, mosque or other place of worship?

Places of worship are allowed to open to the public, for religious gatherings, private worship or small religious ceremonies, provided attendee limits, social distancing and hygiene requirements and recommendations are observed.

See the Recovery from COVID-19 page fore more information on places of worship.

Can I stay at a hotel?

Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, and boarding houses are still able to provide accommodation. However, people present must not exceed more than one person per four square metres and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to.

Can I stay at a caravan park or campsite?

Caravan parks and camping sites (whether associated with caravan parks or located in national or state parks) can provide accommodation, despite the restrictions on some businesses and activities that are currently in force.

Non-essential regional travel within South Australia is encouraged, which may result in more people staying in caravan parks and camping grounds.

See the Recovery from COVID-19 page fore more information on caravan parks and camping grounds.

Can I go fishing?

As long as social distancing measures are observed, there is no direction in South Australian that prevents fishing.

Can I organise a funeral?

Funerals can still occur, but can only have a maximum of 20 people if held inside and 30 people if held outdoors. This excludes those officiating at the funeral and other staff necessary to undertake the funeral. Social distancing and hygiene requirements and recommendations still apply.

See the Recovery from COVID-19 page fore more information on funerals.

Can I go to the hairdresser?

Yes if the hairdresser complies with density requirements of no more than one person per four square metres.

Can I go to a beauty salon, such as a nail salon, tattoo parlour etc?

No, beauty salons, such as a nail salon, and tattoo parlours are closed

Can I go to a sauna or spa?

No, saunas and spas are closed.

Can I get a massage?

No, massage parlours are closed with the exception of medically necessary treatment.

I work at a gym. Can I do live streaming and create video content at my gym?

Indoor gyms are closed to members or consumers, but yes, you can film / live stream from the gym premises as long as there is a group of less than 10 people and the density requirement is complied with (one person per four square metres).

I own a roadhouse? Can I operate?

Truck stops and roadhouses can provide food, beverages and facilities to truck drivers that meet the Essential Traveller exemption. Truck drivers may use facilities and sit in for dining purposes. You are only permitted to provide facilities and dining to truck drivers only, provided social distancing and density requirements (1 person per 4 square metres) rules are observed.

I am an L Plater. Can I go out driving with a family member to get my hours up?

Yes. There are no travel restrictions in place within South Australia. Social gathering limits would not prevent two people of the same household being together in a motor vehicle for the purposes of a driving lesson.

I am a driving instructor and authorised examiner for cars. Can I still conduct driving lessons?

No. You cannot conduct in-vehicle driver training and testing conducted by Motor Driving Instructors and Authorised Examiners in cars (light vehicles).

I am a driving instructor and authorised examiner for vehicle classes light rigid, medium rigid, heavy rigid, heavy combination and multi combination (heavy vehicles). Can I still conduct driving lessons?

Yes, Motor Driving Instructors and Authorised Examiners for vehicle class's Light Rigid, Medium Rigid, Heavy Rigid, Heavy Combination and Multi Combination, (heavy vehicles) can continue operating.

I own a shisha bar. Can I operate?

No. Any shisha, smoking or vaping business operation involving the use of re-usable equipment such as 'hookah' or other pipes, tubes, heads or any other equipment associated with this type of business, including any equipment supplied for use offsite, e.g. as hire or lend cannot operate.

More information on gathering restrictions and restrictions on non-essential business and other activities.

Can I travel within South Australia?

Yes. There are no restrictions on travel within South Australia. Previous advice was to re-consider your need to travel to regional areas but this advice has now been relaxed.

Can I enter South Australia from interstate?

Non-essential travellers will still be able to enter South Australia, but will be required to identify a suitable place of quarantine travel directly to that location self-quarantine at that location for 14 days.

Border control check points are operating for traffic entering South Australia. You will be questioned regarding your travel plans. SA Police are also patrolling border areas and will stop people they find deliberately avoiding main roads.

SA Police are conducting periodic checks on people who have returned from interstate to ensure they are complying with the mandatory 14 days of self-quarantine.

Essential travellers, who do not observe the 14-day quarantine period, are required to keep records of close contacts. Read more about travel restrictions.

Can I enter South Australia from overseas?

All new arrivals into Australia are being quarantined in their port of arrival in supervised accommodation for 14 days to ensure compliance. An exemption applies to anyone who does not leave the airport or disembark from their vessel.

Can I travel overseas?

All overseas travel is currently prohibited.

What happens if rules are breached?

A $1,000 on-the-spot fine can be issued to anyone breaching self-quarantine requirements.

SA Health and SA Police are working together to monitor people who should be in quarantine and fines may be issued to people who breach these directives.

If I travel into South Australia by car, do I have to self-quarantine?

Yes, all people entering South Australia are required to self-quarantine for 14 days unless they are an Essential Traveller.

Are the borders to South Australia closed for travel by car?

No, the borders are not closed but people entering South Australia will be stopped by SA Police and will be required to identify a suitable place to self-quarantine for 14 days.  They will also be required to identify the most direct route to this location. This does not apply to those who are Essential Travellers.

Do I have to self-quarantine if I arrive on a flight?

Yes, all people entering South Australia are required to self-quarantine for 14 days unless they are an Essential Traveller

How are the authorities going to know if I’m actually in self-quarantine or not?

SA Police are working with SA Health to monitor people who are known to be self-quarantining to make sure that people are compliant and also to monitor welfare.

I'm flying into South Australia because I’ve got a job as a fruit picker, do I have to self-quarantine?

Yes, all people entering South Australia are required to self-quarantine for 14 days unless they are an Essential Traveller.

Can I enter South Australia to visit a family member who is critically ill?

In this instance, you would be considered an Essential Traveller on compassionate grounds. If you travel to South Australia to visit a critically or terminally ill immediate family member, you must self-quarantine during any period during which you are not visiting your relative.

Note: You may be required to provide evidence that they fall within the scope of this clause.

As an Essential traveller you are required to keep records of close contacts.

I'm a truck driver and I need to deliver medical equipment, livestock or other freight to South Australia. Do I have to self-quarantine for 14 days when I arrive?

Transport and freight services are considered Essential Travellers and are exempt from the 14 day self-quarantine rule.

I have a medical appointment in Adelaide, do I have to self-quarantine for 14 days?

If you are obtaining medical care or medical supplies, you may be exempt for the 14 day self-quarantine.

What happens if I arrive in South Australia from overseas?

You’ll be required to fill out a form confirming you understand you have to complete the mandatory quarantine period of 14 days. You will be provided accommodation to undertake the quarantine period and transferred there directly. The accommodation will have all of the amenities and services you’ll need during your stay. It will be safe and hygienic.  Food, water and medical support will be provided. You will not incur costs as part of these quarantine arrangements.

Should you have health needs, for example, prescriptions for regular medications, arrangements will be made to facilitate these requirements.

Can I visit an Aboriginal community?

Some Aboriginal communities across the state have opted to close access to their townships and lands to outside visitors, except for those providing essential services. This is consistent with a decision made by National Cabinet.

All non-essential visitors to these communities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to permission being granted to enter these communities.

Read more about restrictions on movement into Aboriginal communities.

Who is an essential traveller?

People may fall into the following categories of essential traveller

  • National and State security and governance personnel
  • Health services workers
  • Essential medical treatment personnel
  • Transport and freight services personnel
  • Skills critical to maintaining key industries or businesses
  • Emergency services workers
  • Cross border community members
  • Passing through
  • Compassionate grounds

Read more about essential travellers.

Can I visit a relative or friend in an aged care facility?

A resident can only receive one visit per day, from a maximum of two people at a time, who are providing care and support (a family member or friend). However, you should undertake social distancing of 1.5 metres. You are not able to attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19, respiratory symptoms or a fever. From May 1, you will also require a vaccination against 2020 seasonal influenza in order to be able to visit an aged care facility. People under 16 cannot visit, unless it’s for end-of-life support.

Will aged care residents still receive health, medical and pharmaceutical services?

Yes, health, medical and pharmaceutical services will still be provided to residents and people providing those services are still allowed to visit. However you should undertake social distancing of 1.5 metres. You are not able to attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19, respiratory symptoms or a fever. From May 1, you will also require a vaccination against 2020 seasonal influenza.

If a relative or friend is dying, can I visit?

Yes, you can visit for end-of-life support, with a maximum of 2 people at a time, which can include people under 16.

Can I visit an aged care facility if I am looking to move into that facility?

Yes, if you are a prospective resident of the facility you can arrange a visit and should contact the facility to make arrangements. The visit is to be no longer than 2 hours in duration and by a maximum of 2 people.

Can I take a relative or friend out of the aged care facility for the day?

No, residents who leave an aged care facility will not be allowed to re-enter, unless they have left for a medical or dental treatment.

More information on Aged Care facility restrictions.

Page last updated 28 May 2020