• Levels system

    Current restrictions

    Masks

    Gatherings

    COVID-SAfe Check in

    COVID-Safe Plan

    Nightclubs

    Dancing

    Hospitality

    Recreation, sport and exercise

    Personal care services

    Public entertainment

    Other

    Levels system

    What are the graduated levels of requirements for travellers entering South Australia?

    A level system featuring five levels that details requirements commensurate with the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in South Australia has been developed.

    If restrictions are declared for South Australia, they will be at Level 1, 2, 3 ,4 or 5. See an explanation of the Activity restriction levels.

    Where can I find more details about the requirements for each level?

    See Activity restriction levels for a detailed explanation of the requirements in each level.

    What is a regulated activity?

    A regulated activity is a defined public activity or a private activity with 100 or more people attending.

    Density requirements

    How do I calculate the maximum capacity in my premises with the density requirements?

    Keep in mind when calculating capacity, only those parts of the premises that are used by the public for the purpose of your business are to be included in your calculation.

    • 3 people per 4 square metres (non-hospitality activities indoor/outdoors)
      • If you have a restaurant that is 20m x 10m = 200m2.
      • The density requirement is 3 people per 4 square metres, therefore 200 x .75= 150 people are permitted.
    • 1 person per 2 square metres (outdoor hospitality)
      • If you have a restaurant that is 20m x 10m = 200m2.
      • The density requirement is 1 person per 2 square metres, therefore 200 / 2 = 100 people are permitted.
    • 1 person per 4 squares metres (outdoors hospitality)
      • If you have a restaurant that is 20m x 10m = 200m2.
      • The density requirement is 1 person per 4 square metres, therefore 200 / 4 = 50 people are permitted.
    • 1 person per 7 squares metres (indoor fitness activities)
      • If you have an indoor fitness area that is 7m x 10m = 70m2.
      • The density requirement is 1 person per 7 square metres, therefore 70 = 7 people are permitted.

    Current restrictions

    What is the current level of restrictions in South Australia?

    From 12:01 am 21 August 2021, South Australia will be under Level 1 restrictions with some additional restrictions.

    What is the density requirement in a supermarket?

    At supermarkets or department stores, the density requirement is 1 person per 2 square metres. Operators at such premises must use their best endeavours (having regard to all the circumstances and activities) to comply with the density requirement.

    Masks

    Where is it mandatory to wear a mask?

    Masks (covering the mouth and nose) are required in:

    • High risk settings, including:
      • residential aged care facilities
      • disability care facilities
      • prisons, correctional facilities, training centres or other places of custody
      • any of the following areas within a public or private hospital:
        • an emergency department
        • an intensive care unit
        • a respiratory ward
        • an oncology ward
      • any health care service provided in any Aboriginal community or any other Aboriginal community controlled health service
    • Personal care services
    • Health care services
    • Passenger transport services.
    • All shared indoor public spaces.

    A mask is not required to be worn outdoors if the physical distancing principle is complied with.

    Certain venues and events with a COVID Management Plan (CMP) require patrons to wear a mask.

    Do I need to wear a mask when I am playing eight ball or darts?

    Yes, a mask is required as these are both done in shared indoor public spaces, and not considered fitness activities.

    Note: A requirement that a person wear a face mask does not apply to a person:

    • if they have a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition (Evidence of a relevant medical condition must be produced on request)
    • in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, such as to enable communication by or with any patron who is deaf or hard of hearing
    • in circumstances where removal of the mask is lawfully required for identification purposes
    • when the person is eating or drinking
    • if the person is a child under 12 years of age
    • if the person is carrying out functions as an authorised worker and it is not possible to properly carry out those functions with a mask on.

    Do I need to wear a mask in a supermarket?

    Yes.

    Do I need to wear a mask when I ride in an Uber or in a Taxi?

    Yes.

    Do I have to wear a mask at a cinema?

    Yes.

    Do I have to wear a mask if I am a childcare worker?

    No. It is not mandatory for Childcare workers to wear masks.

    I work in a call centre. Do I need to wear a mask?

    No.

    Do I need to wear a mask while conducting a driving lesson?

    No.

    Do I have to wear a mask at the gym?

    When undertaking an activity within the gym, no. However, when entering the gym or when not undertaking an activity at the gym, yes.

    Do members of the bridal party have to wear a mask during the ceremony and the taking of photographs?

    No.

    Do I need to wear a mask while doing karaoke?

    Karaoke is not permitted.

    What are the exceptions to wearing a mask?

    See the rules around the wearing of Masks.

    Gatherings

    What is a private activity?

    The same density and activity requirements apply as indoor and outdoor hospitality, there is no longer a separate category for private activities.

    What is a private function?

    The same density and activity requirements apply as indoor and outdoor hospitality, there is no longer a separate category for private activities.

    What are the rules for standing consumption in an outdoor licensed area?

    Stand-up consumption is not permitted.

    What is the maximum number of people I can have over at my house for a gathering or event?

    The maximum number of people permitted at a residential premises is 10. This includes children and the residents.

    Can I have a birthday party at a park? What is the maximum number of people I can have in attendance?

    • No restrictions – this is an outdoor unlicensed function.

    What is the maximum number of people that can attend a religious ceremony? (not being a wedding or funeral)

    • People present at the place must not exceed 3 people per 4 square metres if seated. If not seated or mixed seating/standing, density of 1 person to 2 square metres applies.
    • Masks must be worn if singing indoors

    How many people can attend my wedding in a park?

    • No restrictions – this is an outdoor unlicensed function.

    What are the requirements for a funeral at a funeral home?

    For the ceremony 3 people per 4 square metres can be present – if seated indoors.

    Food and beverage consumption must be seated. If indoors 1 person per 4 square metres, if seated 1 person per 2 square metres, but communal food and beverage areas are not permitted.

    What does an "independent COVID Marshal" mean?

    It means that they are attending the event to perform the role of a COVID Marshal only.

    Can I have a wedding at my house? What is the maximum number of people I can have in attendance at the wedding at my house?

    Yes. Maximum number of attendees is 10 people.

    Can I have a wake at my house? What is the maximum number of people I can have in attendance at the wake at my house?

    Yes. Maximum number of attendees is 10 people including the household members.

    Can I have a birthday party at my house? What is the maximum number of people I can have in attendance at the birthday party at my house?

    Yes. Maximum number of attendees is 10 people, including those who normally reside at the house.

    Can I go to church?

    Yes, if for a service, the 3 person per 4 square metres rule applies if everyone is seated. Masks must be worn indoors.

    Can we sing in our choir?

    Yes, choirs can perform if singers are wearing masks.

    What are the rules about singing?

    Singing is not permitted in enclosed, non-residential premises unless in an educational setting, an individual lesson, or the person is performing (including backup singers).

    COVID-SAfe Check in

    Do I have to use the QR code on public transport or in a taxi?

    Yes. The initial rollout of QR codes on Adelaide Metro buses, trains and trams is complete.

    The QR codes have been installed in a range of locations inside the vehicles, including on windows, walls and screens. Please make sure you use the QR check-in whenever you use public transport, or other passenger transport services like taxis or rideshare

    Manual check-in using pen and paper will not be available. However, public transport is an essential service, so if a customer does not have a smart phone and cannot check-in, they will still be able to travel.

    All public transport users are encouraged to register their metroCARD, so they can check their own travel history if required.

    What businesses are required to have the COVID-SAfe Check in?

    General retail premises, and businesses that conduct a defined public activity, an activity with more than 100 people attending, or passenger transport services must use the COVID-Safe Check-in or other approved contact tracing system.

    What are businesses' rights to enforce use of the COVID-SAfe Check in?

    Businesses have the right to refuse entry or service to anyone who refuses to comply with the law. There is a dual onus, both on the business and the customer, to use the QR code Check in. If people don’t want to use it, then they don’t have to come in or use that service. COVID Marshals should take all reasonable steps to ensure customers comply with QR code use.

    What happens with my personal information?

    The app securely collects limited personal information as you enter a business or venue. Your details will only be kept for 28 to 35 days and will only be released to SA Health for official contact tracing purposes.

    Note: Information provided to SA Health for contact tracing purposes is taken to be information obtained in connection with the operation of the Health Care Act 2008 and is protected under that Act.

    Do SA Police fine people for not using COVID-SAfe Check in?

    SA Police will always defer to education in the first instance, but if the business is still not deploying the QR code check in, then fines may apply.

    What happens if I don’t have a smartphone or if the system is down?

    For circumstances where it might not be possible for a person’s relevant contact details to be captured by the approved contact tracing system include when the person does not have a smartphone, they can complete a written contact tracing record:

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

    COVID-Safe Plan

    Do I need a COVID-Safe Plan?

    Depending on the level of restrictions in place in South Australia and your activity will depend on whether you require a COVID Safe Plan

    What is a defined public activity?

    Defined public activities are listed on the Business requirements page.

    What is an approved contact tracing system?

    Approved contact tracing system are COVID SAfe Check-In, ScanTek or any other electronic platform approved by the State Co-ordinator for the purpose of capturing relevant contact details of a person. Currently there are only two options.

    What activities require a COVID Management Plan?

    An approved COVID Management Plan approved by SA Health is required in respect of each of the following:

    • a regulated activity if more than 1000 people are reasonably expected to be present at or participating in the activity or, when Level 1,2 or 3 restrictions are in place, if there is more than 1,000 people reasonably expected to be present or participating in the activity’;
    • the operation of—
      • a nightclub; or
      • relevant licensed premises.

    Which activities require COVID Marshal?

    Whether you require a COVID Marshal will depend on the level of restrictions in place in South Australia and the nature of the activity you undertake.

    A COVID Marshal is required for the following operations:

    • onsite purchase and consumption of food or beverages (whether occurring in an indoor or outdoor area);
    • ceremonies;
    • private functions;
    • operations at:
      • supermarkets
      • hardware stores
      • distribution centres, including associated transport operations
      • gymnasiums and fitness centres
      • swimming pools used by the public
      • sporting clubs
    • any defined public activity in respect of which a COVID Management Plan is required under this direction
    • public assemblies
    • any operations specified as prescribed operations for the purposes of this definition by the State Co-ordinator.

    Nightclubs

    Are nightclubs permitted to be open?

    Yes. People present at the place must not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres when outside, 1 person per 4 square metres when seated indoors.

    Dancing is not permitted

    Food and beverages must be consumed when seated.

    Masks must be worn indoors.

    Can we dance at a nightclub?

    No.

    Can we stand and drink at a nightclub?

    No.

    Dancing

    Can we dance at a wedding at a relevant licensed premises?

    Only the wedding party can dance.

    Can we dance at a wedding on a farm at a rural property?

    No. However, the wedding party can dance.

    Can we dance at our dance studio?

    Yes if there number of people does not exceed 1 person per 7 square metres.

    Can we dance at licensed venues such as pubs, hotels, bars?

    No.

    Can we dance at our community hall?

    Yes.

    Hospitality

    What is the capacity allowed in our café pub, hotel, winery or restaurant?

    Capacity will depend on the configuration of your venue. There is no cap on the total number of patrons, however, 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies for seated consumption (indoors) or 1 person per 2 square metres for seated consumption outside.

    When I walk into a café/restaurant/coffee shop to buy a takeaway coffee or food, do I need to wear a mask?

    Yes.

    Our café/restaurant/pub does seated dining and takeaway. What is the density requirement?

    For a café/restaurant/pub that offers seated dining is 1 person per 4 square metres inside and 1 per 2 square metres outside. People who are solely obtaining takeaway are not counted in the density provisions.

    Operators must use their best endeavours to separate takeaway patrons from those who are dining in.

    If I have a billiard area in my hotel what are the density requirements

    The density requirements are 1 person per 4 square metres.

    What are the density provisions in a food court?

    People present at a food court must be seated to consume food or beverages and therefore the density is 1 per 4 square metres.

    However the operator of the food court must make their best endeavours to separate people standing ordering food and those sitting to consume it.

    Do I need to wear a mask when giving people their takeaway?

    Yes.

    Can I eat and drink at the bar?

    Yes, you can sit at the bar to eat and drink if the area is:

    • separated from where orders are taken by those not seated at the bar
    • separate from where food preparation or service is conducted

    Can we serve counter meals at the bar?

    Yes. Patrons may eat counter meals while seated at the bar, so long as the area is physically separate from areas of the bar or counter where patrons seated elsewhere in the pub will place orders or be served.

    How do we separate patrons seated at the bar from a service area?

    You could:

    • Use signage to minimise congregation.
    • Having COVID Marshals/security ensuring physical distancing
    • Use floor markers on areas where queues may form
    • Having multiple service points but away from seated areas.

    What other methods could be used for service at the bar to avoid congregation at the bar?

    You could use alternative services methods that are away from the bar, e.g. providing table service, using an app to order, having electronic buzzers when orders are ready etc.

    Can I stand up to consume food and drinks at the pub?

    No.

    Can patrons stand up to consume food and drink outside at a café/restaurant?

    No.

    Can we operate our Shisha/Hookah bar?

    Shisha is not permitted. The business is permitted to operate for the onsite purchase and consumption food or beverages while patrons are seated.

    We own an icecream/yoghurt shop. Can we have our toppings available for self-serve for customers to put on their icecream or yoghurt?

    No. Communal food or beverage service areas are not permitted.

    Can I go to the casino or a gaming room?

    Casinos and Gaming rooms are permitted to open and are subject to density requirements of 1 person per 2 square metres if seated. Consumption of food and beverages must be seated.

    Patrons must wear masks.

    Can we set up a Coffee/Tea Station at our club?

    Yes. Clubs can allow members/patrons to access hot beverages from a coffee/tea station at the Club providing:

    • An urn or similar with a “single touch” lever is used to pour the beverage. i.e. no shared jugs
    • All tea, coffee, sugar etc is provided in individual sachets
    • Individual cups and stirring implements are used, i.e. no shared utensils
    • Masks are worn (unless it is a private function)
    • Hand sanitiser is made available
    • Social distancing is followed when queuing.

    Recreation and sport

    Can the gym in my building be open?

    Gyms and pools in a strata title and community title premises are permitted to be open,  provided a person does not leave the premises and the regulatory group responsible for the building approves use. It is recommended only one person from a household uses facilities at a time, and cleaned after.

    Are indoor play cafes permitted to be open?

    Yes, but patrons must wear masks and the 1 person per 4 square metres density requirements applies.

    Can I go to a trampoline centre or similar?

    Yes, but patrons must wear masks and the 1 person per 4 square metres density requirements applies if seated.

    Can I go to a dance, yoga or pilates class?

    Yes, indoor fitness such as dance, yoga and pilates can take place, but you must not exceed 1 person per 7 square metres.

    Is club footy/netball permitted?

    Yes, sports competitions can resume.

    Can I go and watch my child play sport? What are the density requirements?

    Yes.

    Indoor sport:

    • where spectators are seated during their attendance, the density requirement is 3 people per 4 square metres
    • where there is a mix of seated and standing spectators, the density requirement is 1 person per 2 square metres.

    Outdoor sport:

    • no density requirements.

    Do I have to wear a mask at an outdoor sporting event?

    No.

    I want to conduct a bootcamp/boxing class at a park. Is there a maximum on how many people can attend?

    No, but the 1 people per 2 square metres rule applies.

    Can I go to my gym?

    Yes, indoor fitness facilities (gymnasium, health club, fitness centre, yoga, barre, spin, dance and pilates studios, swimming pools) can open, but they must not exceed 1 person per 7 square metres.

    Can I train at the swimming pool?

    Yes swimming pools can open, as long as they do not exceed 1 person per 7 square metres for indoor pools, 1 person per 2 square metres for outdoor pools.

    Personal care services

    Are any personal care services permitted to be open?

    Yes.  Masks for personal care settings, such as hairdressers, barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons tattoo parlours, other premises at which beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, piercing, body modification services, wellness centres, day spas, massage parlours, saunas, bathhouses.

    Note: But not by the customer if it inhibits the service.

    Can I go get a tattoo?

    Yes.

    Can I go to the day spa?

    Yes.

    Is my hairdressing salon permitted to be open?

    Yes.  Hairdressing salons are permitted to be open, but masks must be worn all times. Note: But not by the customer if it inhibits the service. The 3 people per 4 square metres rule applies as long as the patrons remain seated.

    Is my beauty salon permitted to be open?

    Yes. Beauty and nail salons are permitted to be open, but masks must be worn bat all times. Note: But not by the customer if it inhibits the service. The 3 people per 4 square metres rule applies as long as the patrons remain seated.

    Can I provide massage?

    Yes, wellness centres, day spas and massage parlours can be open, but masks must be worn at all times. Note: But not by the customer if it inhibits the service.The 3 people per 4 square metres rule applies as long as the patrons remain seated.

    Public entertainment

    What is the density requirement at seated indoor or outdoor venues conducting public entertainment?

    At seated indoor or outdoor venues where public entertainment is provided, the density requirement is 3 people per 4 square metres as long as the patrons remain seated. If there is a mix of seating and standing, the density is 1 person to 2 square metres.

    If food and beverage consumption indoors, 1 person per 4 square metres, if outdoors 1 person per 2 square metres - must be seated.

    What are the rules about singing?

    No singing unless:

    • the person is performing individually (not including a karaoke performer); or
    • the person is a member of a group of performers performing or rehearsing in the premises (not including karaoke performers or persons performing or rehearsing as part of a choir or chorus); or
    • the premises are an educational establishment; or
    • the person is undertaking or providing an individual lesson

    Can I go to Karaoke bar to sing?

    There is no singing indoors unless you are the performer.

    Are cinemas, live theatre or any other live performance venue permitted to open?

    Yes, but patrons must wear masks and the 3 people per 4 square metres rule applies provided they remain seated or as determined by the operator.

    If food and beverage consumption indoors 1 person per 4 square metres, if outdoors 1 person per 2 square metres - must be seated.

    Are zoos, galleries, museums and other places of entertainment open to the public?

    Yes, but patrons must wear masks and the 1 people per 2 square metres rule applies unless all attendees are seated where the 3 people per 4 square metres rule applies.

    If food and beverage consumption indoors 1 person per 4 square metres, if outdoors 1 person per 2 square metres - must be seated.

    Are amusement parks and arcades open?

    Yes, but patrons must wear masks and the 3 people per 4 square metres rule applies unless the patrons are standing or a mixture of standing and seated it is 1 person per 2 square metres.

    If food and beverage consumption indoors 1 person per 4 square metres, if outdoors 1 person per 2 square metres - must be seated.

    Other

    What’s the maximum capacity allowed at a council meeting?

    People present must not exceed 3 people per 4 square metres provided the attendees remain seated and attendees must wear a mask.

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  • What is the new Tiered approach to testing and quarantining?

    The tiers are now as follows:

    If you have been present at any of the exposure location sites, you are required to follow the tier level requirements associated with the exposure site.

    Tier 1 — Persons required to test and quarantine for 14 days with their household

    Tier 2 — Persons required to test and quarantine for 14 days

    Tier 3 — Persons required to get a COVID-19 test

    Tier 4 — Persons required to get a COVID-19 test if symptoms develop

    For more information and to monitor the latest list of Exposure Locations, visit the SA Health website.

    What are my testing requirements?

    You must:

    • Test within 24 hours of notification or identification of attendance at exposure site (unless you’ve obtained a test between the exposure period and the date of notification);
    • Day 5, being 5 days after the exposure date (or, if at a Tier 1 site, your household member’s last exposure date) and
    • Day 9, if the first test  occurred between days 4 and 7 from the exposure date (or, if at a Tier 1 site, your household member’s last exposure date), and
    • Day 13, being 13 days after the exposure date (or, if at a Tier 1 site, your household member’s last exposure date).

    Note: A person is not required to obtain more than one test in a 48 hour period.

    Examples:

    • A person who was notified that they were at an exposure site 4 days after their exposure must have a day 1 test, a day 9 test and a day 13 test but is not required to have a day 5 test;
    • A person who self-identified they were at an exposure site 6 days after their exposure must have a day 1 test, day 9 test and a day 13 test, but is not required to have a day 5 test;
    • A person who was notified that they were at an exposure site 8 days after their exposure must have a day 1 test and a day 13 test.

    You should get tested immediately at any time during the 14 days if they develop new symptoms.

    Can I book a COVID-19 test online?

    Yes. SA Health is initially trialling an online booking system at the drive-through testing site at Ridgehaven Waterworld.

    Bookings will be required to have a COVID-19 test at the Ridgehaven Waterworld site from Saturday 24 July.   – This is currently closed due to weather.

    If you require assistance, someone will be available on-site to help you to make a booking.

    What if I haven’t received an SMS or call from SA Health? Does that mean I don’t have to get a COVID-19 test or quarantine?

    No. This direction applies to a person whether or not they have already received a notification from SA Health that they were at an exposure site during an exposure period.

  • What is supervised quarantine?

    Supervised quarantine is when a person is directed to enter, reside and remain at a supervised medi-hotel site by an authorised officer.

    What is a quarantine facility unit?

    A quarantine facility unit is the accommodation and designated outdoor areas of a quarantine facility to which a person undertaking supervised quarantine at the quarantine facility is confined.

    What is the definition of a “vaccinated person”?

    A person is vaccinated if the person has completed the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in accordance with a schedule recommended by ATAGI including any booster doses within two weeks of becoming eligible.

    What are the vaccination requirements for people who work in Supervised Quarantine (Medi-Hotel, Facility or Red Zone)?

    Vaccination requirements include:

    • Before commencing work, one dose of a TGA approved vaccine; and
    • not later than 6 weeks after commencing the work, the person receives a second dose of the same TGA approved vaccine; and
    • within two weeks of becoming eligible in accordance with ATAGI guidelines, the person receives a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.
    What are my COVID-19 testing requirements as a medi-hotel, facility or designated Red Zone airport worker?

    People who are employed to work in Supervised Quarantine (Medi-Hotel, Facility or Red Zone) need to:

    • Have a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) each day before starting work for that day
      • If the result of the COVID-19 RAT is positive, then the person needs to have a COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine until negative test result.
    • If requested by an authorised officer, produce evidence of having had the COVID-19 RAT

    Who is considered an Emergency Services Worker?

    Emergency services worker includes fire fighters, paramedics, ambulance officers, medical retrieval personnel, police officers and State Emergency Service officers.

    I am an Emergency Services Worker. Can I enter a red zone for an emergency if I have not been vaccinated?

    Yes. Emergency services workers who enter a red zone for the purpose of attending to an emergency will not be in breach of the Direction if they have not been vaccinated.

    If I am directed to quarantine at a quarantine facility, what are my requirements?  

    A person directed to undertake supervised quarantine at a quarantine facility must undergo testing requirements which are imposed by Supervised Quarantine Direction.

    Which employees does the testing requirements and compliance apply to in the Supervised Quarantine Direction?

    The Supervised Quarantine Direction testing and requirements apply to any person who:

    • is physically present on a medi-hotel site for the purpose of performing work of any kind; or
    • is physically present in a designated red zone at an airport site for the purpose of performing work associated with the processing of overseas or restricted zone arrivals or the processing and handling of the luggage of overseas or restricted zone arrivals; or
    • is physically present in an airport site for the purpose of performing work associated with:
      • the processing and handling of the luggage of designated red zone overseas or restricted zone arrivals; or
      • otherwise occurring within a location to which designated red zone overseas or restricted zone arrivals have access. For example, a cleaner.

    I provide clinical care and support or transporting persons in quarantine, do I need to be vaccinated?

    Yes. Vaccination requirements include:

    • Before commencing work, one dose of a TGA approved vaccine; and
    • not later than 6 weeks after commencing the work, the person receives a second dose of the same TGA approved vaccine; and
    • within two weeks of becoming eligible in accordance with ATAGI guidelines, the person receives a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.

    Supervised home quarantine

    What is supervised home quarantine? Who does it apply to?

    Supervised home quarantine is for travellers who have been granted an exemption to travel to South Australia by Authorised Officers in SA Health who otherwise would be prohibited. They are permitted to enter but must complete supervised quarantine at a place other than a medi-hotel or quarantine facility, approved by the Authorised Officer. They are required to:

    • · COVID-19 test on day 1, 5, and 13.
    • · Quarantine for 14 days
    • · Must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) at any time that they come into contact with the public for a period of 14 days after their arrival in South Australia.

    Will I be checked on when doing the supervised home quarantine?

    Yes, periodic checks will be made on people in supervised home quarantine.

    Does it have to be my home that I quarantine at?

    No.

    I cannot be separated from my family in our house, what do I do?

    You will need to make arrangements for yourself or other household members to stay somewhere else, or alternatively, they will be subject to remaining at the place for the period of quarantine.

    Can I do the home quarantine at a friend’s/other family members home?

    Yes, but you must not have contact with them or any common areas eg bathrooms, kitchens as outlined in the ‘Living with other people’ section on the SA Health website.

    Are there any additional requirements for travellers in Supervised home quarantine?

    Yes. People who are in supervised home quarantine must display a sign at the entrance of the place to alert persons attending the premises that it is a place of quarantine.

    Will I be provided this sign upon entry into South Australia or do I have to print it myself?

    You will not have to print the sign. You will be provided the sign upon entry into South Australia.

    I provide care to and support to someone in supervised home quarantine. Can I enter their place of quarantine?

    Yes. If you enter to provide care and support to an elderly or vulnerable person, you will be required to quarantine with that person for the duration of the quarantine period (excluding those providing support for medical and emergency purposes.

    Note: If you enter 7 days after the commencement of the quarantine period, you must remain in quarantine until the completion of the 14 days.

    What if I have a medical emergency and require medical attention. Can someone enter my place of quarantine?

    Yes. Ambulance officers, SA Pathology staff, employees of the Department for Health and Wellbeing and SA Health authorised medical or nursing staff will be taken to be entering for medical purposes to enter for medical purposes.

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  • What are the visitation rules related to vaccination numbers at Residential Aged Care Facilities?

    For a resident of a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) with more than 70% of its residents who have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, there is no limit of care and support visits per day.

    A resident of a RACF with less than 70% of  residents who have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, may have one care and support visit of two persons or two separate visits from one person, per day.

    Who must wear a mask at a Residential Aged Care Facility?

    All people (excluding residents) at a Residential Aged Care Facility must wear a mask.

    Only exceptions include:

    • if, in the professional opinion of a service provider or carer on the premises of a (Residential Aged Care Facility) RACF, or in the opinion of the service organisation providing the service at the RACF, the wearing of a mask will hinder the provision of the relevant care and/or impact resident safety or wellbeing; or
    • by a person who has a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition; or
    • in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, such as to enable communication by or with any person who is deaf or hard of hearing;
    • a person who is eating or drinking, or
    • a child under the age of 12 years or
    • a resident or live-in staff member of a residential care facility is not required to wear a mask, including in circumstances in which it is not possible to comply with the physical distancing principle, or
    • if the person is carrying out functions as an essential worker and it is not possible to properly carry out those functions with a mask on.

    Do I need to be vaccinated to enter a Residential Aged Care Facility?

    Yes, to enter a Residential Aged Care Facility, a person must have:

    • Received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination; and
    • Received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) for that COVID-19 vaccine Provided the operator of the health care setting with proof of their vaccination status upon request; and
    • From 29 January 2022, within four weeks of becoming eligible in accordance with ATAGI guidelines, the person receives, or has evidence of a booking to receive, a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.

    Can I be exempt from being vaccinated and still enter a Residential Aged Care Facility?

    A person can only be exempt from having a COVID-19 vaccination if:

    • They have a medical certificate or a letter from a legally qualified medical practitioner certifying that the person:
      • Has a medical exemption from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine on either a permanent or temporary basis in accordance with guidelines published by ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation).
      • has a medical exemption on either a permanent or temporary basis from receiving the preferred vaccine as recommended by ATAGI for the person’s age
      • Has an appointment to be assessed by a medical specialist or has started an assessment to determine if they have a medical exemption
      • Is currently taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial and the receipt of another available vaccine would impact the validity of the trial.
      • The certificate or letter specifies the nature of the exemption and the basis on which it applies;
      • The Chief Public Health Officer or her delegate has endorsed the exemption, and
      • The person provides the operator of the healthcare setting with a copy of the endorsement.
    • Or, the person is responding for the purpose of emergency management or law enforcement in the case of an emergency.

    Can I work in Residential Aged Care if I am not vaccinated?

    No. A person cannot engage in work or duties at a RACF from 17 September 2021

    unless they have:

    • Received at least one dose of a TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccination; and
    • Received, or have evidence of a booking to receive, a second dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine within the interval after the first dose recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) for that COVID-19 vaccine Provided the operator of the health care setting with proof of their vaccination status upon request; and
    • Within four weeks of becoming eligible in accordance with ATAGI guidelines, the person receives, or has evidence of a booking to receive, a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.

    Which employees of a Residential Aged Care Facility does the vaccination requirements apply to?

    The vaccination requirements apply to:

    • Volunteers, contractors and agency staff;
    • Direct care workers (nurses; personal care workers; allied health professionals; allied health assistants);
    • Administration staff (reception; management; administration);
    • Ancillary staff (food preparation; cleaning; laundry; garden; maintenance);
    • Lifestyle / social care (music/art therapy);
    • Transport drivers of residents of residential aged care facilities;
    • Students on placement at a residential aged care facility; and
    • Medical practitioners and allied health professionals who attend and provide care to residents of a residential aged care facility.

    Who is prohibited from entering a Residential Aged Care Facility?

    A person cannot enter a Residential Aged Care Facility if:

    • from 6 December 2021, they have not:
    • during the 14 days immediately preceding the entry, the person had known contact, other than contact during which the person wore appropriate personal protective equipment, with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19; or
    • the person has a temperature higher than 38 degrees Celsius, or has a history of fever or chills in the preceding 72 hours, or symptoms of acute respiratory infection or loss of taste and smell; or
    • from 1 June 2021 the person has not been vaccinated against the 2021 seasonal influenza; or
    • the person has undertaken a COVID-19 test and is awaiting the test result, unless the person submitted to the COVID-19 test in accordance with routine surveillance testing of asymptomatic persons; or
    • the person is prohibited from entry into a RACF by reason of a Cross Border Travel direction.

    Note: A person who has not received the 2021 influenza vaccination since 1 June 2021 due to observing the recommended waiting period between the COVID-19 and influenza vaccine is permitted to enter the Residential Aged Care Facility if they provide evidence of the date of receipt of the COVID-19 vaccination to the facility. The person must also take all reasonable steps to ensure that they receive the influenza vaccine as soon possible.

    Do I have to do a COVID-19 Safe Check-in at a Residential Aged Care Facility?

    Yes. From September 10, 2021 anyone visiting, working or contracted to a Residential Aged Care Facility will have to use the approved contact tracing system, the COVID-19 SAfe check –in (QR code) or provide their relevant contact details on a written form.

    Until September 10, facilities are required to maintain the written register at the point of entry and exits.

    Can I come from interstate to visit my relative?

    Yes, to enter a Residential Aged Care Facility, a person must:

    • Be vaccinated against COVID-19. A person is vaccinated against COVID-19 if they have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the TGA or all dosages of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with dosage schedule recommended by ATAGI for that vaccine, and within 4 weeks of becoming eligible in accordance with ATAGI guidelines, receives a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.

    Note: If a person after entering South Australia becomes aware they are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case within the previous 14 days they will not be permitted entry into residential aged care facility.

    Can I visit a resident from interstate for an end of life visit?

    Yes, to enter a Residential Aged Care Facility, a person must:

    • Be vaccinated against COVID-19. A person is vaccinated against COVID-19 if they have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the TGA or all dosages of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with dosage schedule recommended by ATAGI for that vaccine, and within 4 weeks of becoming eligible in accordance with ATAGI guidelines, receives a third dose (booster) of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine.

    Note: If a person after entering South Australia becomes aware they are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case within the previous 14 days they will not be permitted entry into the residential aged care facility.

    Can I visit a resident from interstate for an end of life visit if I am a close contact?

    No. If you have been a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case within the previous 14 days you will not be permitted entry into the residential aged care facility.  You must comply with the requirements of the current Emergency Management (Exposure Sites, Contacts and Diagnosis Requirements) COVID-19) Direction 2022.

    I am vaccinated. Can I visit a resident from overseas?

    Yes, but you cannot enter the Residential Aged Care Facility for 7 days after your arrival in South Australia.

    Can I provide personal care at multiple nursing homes?

    Yes. A personal care worker is permitted to work at multiple facilities, however it is strongly advised where possible, personal care workers remain at one facility.

    Can I visit a Residential Aged Care Facility if I am looking to move into that facility?

    Yes, if you are a prospective resident of a Residential Aged Care Facility you can arrange a visit and should contact the facility to make arrangements.

    What are my requirements as an operator of a Residential Aged Care Facility?

    The operator of a Residential Aged Care Facility must maintain records of any COVID-19 vaccinations received by employees, contractors and volunteers of a Residential Aged Care Facility and provide such records to an authorised officer on request.

    From September 10, 2021 an operator must ensure anyone visiting, working or contracted to a Residential Aged Care Facility will have to use the approved contact tracing system, the COVID-19 SAfe check –in (QR code) or provide their relevant contact details on a written form.

    Do Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) operators have to keep a record of vaccination status of their residents?

    Yes. An operator of an RACF must also as far as is reasonably practicable, maintain a record of residents of the RACF who have received COVID-19 vaccinations.

    What are my requirements as an employee, contractors or volunteers of an Residential Aged Care Facility?

    Employees, contractors or volunteers of a Residential Aged Care Facility must notify the operator of the RACF (as soon as possible) of:

    • any additional place of employment; and
    • any COVID-19 case identified at any additional place of employment;
    • any COVID-19 vaccination they have received, if the vaccination was not conducted through a vaccination clinic held at that Residential Aged Care Facility.

    From September 10, 2021 an operator must ensure anyone visiting, working or contracted to a Residential Aged Care Facility will have to use the approved contact tracing system, the COVID-19 SAfe check –in (QR code) or provide their relevant contact details on a written form.

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  • Page last updated: 19 November 2021