Recovery Step 3 is in place from 29 June. All businesses will need a new or updated COVID-Safe Plan.

The form to create a COVID-Safe Plan for Step 3 is now available - create a plan.

Refer to the Recovery page for more information.

Do I need a COVID-Safe Plan?

COVID-Safe Plans will continue to be required for defined public activities. Those with an existing COVID-Safe Plan do not need to complete a new plan and will be emailed an updated plan before 29 June.

Businesses and defined public activities that do not currently have a COVID-Safe Plan must create a plan before they can commence.

What is a defined public activity?

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 relevant licensed premises
  • the operation of a casino or gaming area (within the meaning of the Gaming Machines Act 1992)
  • auctions and inspections of premises for the purpose of sale or rental of any property
  • driver instruction

What types of businesses are required to keep a record of attendees or do contact tracing?

The businesses required to keep records for contact tracing are:

  • gaming machine venues
  • indoor fitness classes
  • indoor public meetings
  • personal care services
  • ceremonies
  • auctions and inspections of premises for the purpose of sale or rental
  • provision of recreational transport
  • driver instruction.

What is contact tracing?

A person is required to make and retain contact tracing records for people attending a public activity, those records must include the following details:

  • the time and date of the activity
  • the name of each person attending (unless the person refuses to provide their name)
  • the phone number or email address of person attending (unless the person refuses to provide a phone number or email address).

This must be produced for inspection at the request of an authorised officer and may only be used for the purpose of contact tracing in relation to COVID-19 and must not be used for any other purpose.

I have completed my COVID-Safe Plan, what are my obligations?

You are obliged to keep the Plan available for inspection by an authorised officer, if you are required to retain records of contact details you must make those available upon request of an authorised officer. This can be in a printed or electronic format.

The COVID-Safe Plan contains a lot of obligations and recommendations, what does this mean?

Obligations are those areas of the plan you must do.  Failure to undertake the obligations may result in a $5,000 fine. Recommendations are designed to guide you in creating an environment which is as COVID-19 safe as possible. However, it is acknowledged that it may not be possible to achieve all of the recommended actions, but you should attempt to comply to the best of your ability.

I work at multiple venues. Do I need to complete my own plan in addition to the venue?

If the work you do comes under the list of ‘Defined public activities’ you need to do your own plan once to use at multiple venues. You should also be aware of the plans of any venues you use. This may be as simple as ensuring they have a plan in place and that you follow the requirements when using the venue.

What activities don’t need a new COVID-Safe Plan?

Businesses and defined public activities that have already completed a COVID-Safe Plan will automatically receive a new Plan outlining revised venue capacity (recalculated based on the room sizes originally supplied, using the one person per two square metres rule), as well as revised obligations and/or recommendations.

This will commence distribution 27 June 2020.

What activities need a new COVID Safe Plan?

  • Businesses involved in a defined public activity re-opening for the first time will need to complete a COVID-Safe Plan.
  • Businesses that previously completed a COVID Safe Plan which intend to open additional spaces to patrons or extend the floor space of existing rooms will need to complete a new Plan containing the revised room sizes.
  • Examples of the above include: pubs or clubs that will now be re-opening their gaming rooms, wellness centres that will now be re-opening their sauna, spa and/or bathing facilities, etc.
  • This will be available online from 27 June 2020.

What businesses need to create a COVID Management Plan?

When there are more than 1,000 people (excluding staff) on site at your business, venue, activity or gathering, you must complete a COVID Management Plan and have this Plan approved by SA Health.

Or, when both dancing and consumption of alcohol is facilitated at the premises, you must complete a COVID Management Plan.

You can operate with only a COVID Safe Plan provided you do not meet either of these criteria. For example, limit patrons to under 1000, or do not facilitate dancing and alcohol consumption together.

When you are completing a COVID Safe Plan, you will be provided with the option to indicate that you would like to be contacted about the process for preparing a COVID Management Plan in future.

How is a COVID Management Plan different to a COVID-Safe Plan?

A COVID Management Plan is for higher risk activities and for larger crowds and it requires approval by SA Health before you can undertake the activity.

How do I apply for a COVID Management Plan?

A specific mailbox will be established, but first it’s important to clarify who is required to do one. Most activities will only need a COVID-Safe Plan.

How do I calculate the maximum number of people allowed at my business/premises?

There is a calculator on the sa.gov.au where you can enter the dimensions of a room or space, in metres, to find out the area and maximum number of people allowed.

Will nightclubs and bars have to complete the additional COVID management plan?

An approved COVID Management Plan will be required for some activities, including large public gatherings and relevant licensed premises.

What is the cap or limit on large events such as football or festivals?

There is no cap or limit on events however density requirements and physical distancing principles apply to all defined public activities. An approved COVID Management Plan will be required for some activities, including large public events and gatherings.

Can I travel within South Australia?

Yes. There are no restrictions on travel within South Australia.

Can I enter South Australia from interstate?

It depends what state you enter from.

Northern Territory, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia

Travellers entering SA from these states (including NT) can enter freely. There is no requirement to be an essential traveller or to observe a period of quarantine.

Any travellers who arrived in SA prior to 20 June 2020, and were required to observe 14 days’ quarantine, can end their quarantine even if they have been in SA less than 14 days.

This only applies to travellers arriving directly from these states and territory. Travellers arriving from all other states and territories are still required to quarantine for 14 days. For example, if you are “from” WA, Tasmania or NT but arrive from Victoria or NSW, you will still need to quarantine for 14 days.

New South Wales (including ACT) and Victoria

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?

People entering SA by car from NT, QLD or WA are not required to quarantine.

People entering SA by car from NSW or VIC 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 from NSW or VIC 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?

People entering South Australia from ACT, NSW or VIC are required to self-quarantine for 14 days unless they are an Essential Traveller.

There is no quarantine requirement for travellers from NT, QLD, TAS or WA.

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?

People entering South Australia from ACT, NSW or VIC are required to self-quarantine for 14 days unless they are an Essential Traveller.

There is no quarantine requirement for travellers from NT, QLD, TAS or WA.

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

If you are from NT, QLD, TAS or WA, you can freely enter SA.

If you are from ACT, NSW or VIC, in this instance, you would be considered an Essential Traveller on compassionate grounds. If you travel to South Australia from one of these states 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?

Essential travellers fall into a number of categories that allow them to be exempt from some or all quarantine or self-isolation requirements. Definitions and responsibilities of essential travellers are on  the Travel restrictions page.

Does the 1.5 metre rule still apply?

Yes. People and businesses should continue to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres where and whenever possible.

Is there a maximum number of people I can have over at my house?

No, the previous maximum number for private gatherings has now been relaxed. However, we strongly encourage people to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres where and whenever possible.

Are there restrictions if I serve food at a gathering at my house?

There are no restrictions on food service at private residences, however good personal hygiene practices should be followed.

Are fitness classes still restricted in size?

From 29 June, Fitness classes will be subject to the 1 person per 2 square metre rule and must maintain contact tracing records.

What about dance classes? How many participants are allowed?

From 29 June, indoor group fitness classes (including dance) will be subject to the 1 person per 2 square metres rule. So the size of the room/venue will determine the capacity.

What about sports?

All types of sport will be permitted from 29 June and spectators will be subject to the 1 person per 2 square metre rule.

Can nightclubs now open?

Yes. From 29 June, nightclubs can open and will be subject to the 1 person per 2 square metres rule as well as the requirement to complete a COVID Safe Plan or COVID Management Plan if they are permitting dancing and/or the consumption of alcohol.

Are hotels allowed to have a DJ and dance floor open?

Yes. From 29 June, venues such as hotels offering alcohol and dancing will also be able to reopen, but will first need to submit a detailed COVID Management Plan that will need to be approved by SA Health.

Is drinking at the bar allowed?

Yes.

Is drinking standing up allowed?

Yes.

Can people sit at the bar to drink on barstools?

Yes. From 29 June people are permitted to sit on barstools at a bar and drink.

Will we still have to be seated for eating and drinking at hospitality venues?

No. From 29 June, standing consumption of food and alcohol will be permitted.

Do I have to separate the tables at my café by 1.5m?

We strongly encourage people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres to the best of their endeavours.

Note: The capacity allowed in your café is subject to the 1 person per 2 square metres rule.

Can I open the buffet bar/salad bar at my venue?

No. Communal food service areas are not permitted to be opened, including buffet and salad bars. This includes both self-service and/or staff serving food.

Can I serve share plates (e.g. tapas, pizza, bread) at tables?

You can serve share plates to a table if it is to be shared among people who are part of the same group.

Can I serve platters/boards?

As above, you can serve shared platters/boards to a table if it is to be shared amongst people who are part of the same group. For example, you cannot have a platter available for all guests attending an event, but you can have a platter available for people seated at a table together that are part of the same group.

Can I hold a cocktail function?

No, this is considered similar to providing communal food from a service area, however cocktail style food can be served to a table if it is to be shared amongst people who are part of the same group.

Are the rules on communal food different for private functions?

No, the same rules apply for private functions (e.g. weddings, funerals, birthdays, other ceremonies).

Can food courts re-open?

Yes. From 29 June, food courts can re-open for seated dining.

Can I hold a BBQ/sausage sizzle (e.g. at a community club)

Yes, this is considered as takeaway food, but certain measures must be taken to reduce the risk of infection, including:

  • People being served must practice physical distancing when lining up to order and practice good hygiene.
  • No self-service of condiments etc. (person serving the food must apply condiments).
  • Cooked food must be protected from contamination and stored away from the area where orders are placed.

When will recreational activities such as billiards and darts be allowed along with food and alcohol for consumption?

As of 29 June you are able to serve food and alcohol for consumption while undertaking these activities. The 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies.

Is there a maximum number of attendees allowed at weddings and funerals? Does it differ if the event is indoors or outdoors?

As of 29 June, the 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies and so the size of the room or venue will determine the number of attendees permitted at either a wedding or a funeral.

We strongly encourage people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres where and whenever possible.

No, the maximum number does not differ whether the wedding or funeral is indoors or outdoors.

Does there need to be a record of attendees at a wedding or a funeral?

For contact tracing, all persons to who attend a wedding or funeral are required to provide their name and phone number or email address. The person providing the service retains a record of those contact details and produces them at the request of an authorised officer.

The Contact tracing form is available for download at www.sa.gov.au.

I own a shisha bar. Can I open?

Yes, however the use of shisha or hookahs at these venues is not permitted, food and beverages otherwise sold at these venues is allowed.

I own a beauty/nails/tattoo/massage business. What capacity I am allowed?

These businesses are subject to the 1 person per 2 square metres rule, so the size of the business premises will determine the capacity.

We strongly encourage people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres wherever and whenever possible.

For contact tracing, all persons to whom the services are provided are required to provide their name and phone number or email address. The person providing the service retains a record of those contact details and produces them at the request of an authorised officer.

The Contact tracing form is available for download at www.sa.gov.au.

Are spas and saunas permitted to be open?

Yes. From 29 June, spas and sauna are permitted to be re-opened and will be subject to the 1 person per 2 square metre rule.

We strongly encourage people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres where and whenever possible.

Can we open the communal showers at our premises?

Yes, from 29 June communal showers can be opened.

Can indoor play centres open?

Yes, as of 29 June indoor play centres can open.

The 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies and so the size of the venue will determine the event capacity. We strongly encourage people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres where and whenever possible.

Can indoor trampolining venues open?

Yes, as of 29 June indoor trampolining can open.

The 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies and so the size of the venue will determine the event capacity. We strongly encourage people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres where and whenever possible.

Can amusement parks and arcades open?

Yes, as of 29 June amusement parks and arcades can open.

The 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies and so the size of the venue will determine the event capacity. We strongly encourage people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres where and whenever possible.

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

Places of worship are allowed to be open.

The 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies and so the size of the venue will determine the event capacity. We strongly encourage people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres where and whenever possible.

Are council meetings allowed?

Yes, council meetings are permitted.

The 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies and so the size of the venue will determine the meeting capacity. We strongly encourage people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres where and whenever possible.

Does my cinema or theatre need to do contract tracing?

No. Entertainment like cinemas or theatres are no longer required to keep a contact tracing record.

I manage a library, so we have to do a COVID-Safe Plan?

Libraries are no longer a defined public activity, and therefore do not need a COVID Safe Plan.

I run a tour bus company. Do I have to do a COVID-Safe Plan?

Yes. As recreational transport (tour buses) are now a defined public activity, you will need a COVID-Safe Plan.   Contact tracing records must be kept, density requirements do not apply to this activity.

More information on Activities and gatherings.

Can I visit an aged care facility?

Visitors to residential aged care facilities need to observe visiting guidelines.

  • You should maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
  • You are not able to attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19, respiratory symptoms or a fever.
  • You must have been vaccinated against 2020 seasonal influenza.

A resident can receive visits from a maximum of two people at a time, from people providing care and support (a family member or friend).

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 and follow visiting guidelines.

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. Visting guidelines must be followed.

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?

Yes.

More information on Aged Care facility restrictions.

Page last updated: 2 July 2020