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SA – COVID Restrictions Update

Published July 20, 2021 (last updated September 21, 2021) Author: Employsure

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South Australia is under Level 1 restrictions with some additional restrictions.

Level 1 restrictions

  • 3 person per 4 square metres (for seated activities)
  • No communal consumption facilities
  • Seated consumption only. Permitted to sit at a bar to consume food or drinks provided consumption is separated from:
    • other patrons placing orders for food or drinks, and
    • the preparation of food.

Additional restrictions

  • 1 person per 2 square metres (for non-seated activities)
  • 1 person per 4 square metres (indoor fitness facilities)
  • Seated food and beverage consumption only
  • CMP: events of more than 1 000 people
  • Shisha ban
  • Gathering at home cap: 20 (gatherings at residential premises, including residents of residential premises)
  • Private activity cap: 150 (private activities at non-residential premises)
  • Masks for high risk settings
  • Masks for personal care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the personal care service)
  • Masks for health care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Masks for passenger transport services
  • Masks for indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising)
  • Masks for shared indoor public places (except bridal parties during ceremonies)
  • Restrictions on dancing and singing
  • Private activities with food and beverage consumption whilst standing at 1 person per 2 square metres and approved contact tracing system, cap of 150
  • Private functions with food and beverage consumption whilst standing at 1 person per 2 square metres with approved contact tracing system cap of 150 (at relevant licensed premises)

Note: An approved contact tracing system (QR code) is generated from a COVID Safe Plan.

Private activity

An event, function or other gathering held at a place that does not constitute a defined public activity (but does not include a gathering at home or an event, function or gathering involving only members of the same household).

  • Food and beverage consumption whilst standing at a density of 1 person per 2 square metres, when seated 3 people per 4 square metres
  • Must have an approved contact tracing system if food and beverage consumed while standing or any private activity with more than 50 attendees.
  • Limit of 150 people (at non-residential premises)
  • Up to 50 attendees, dancing is permitted. 51 – 150 attendees, dancing is not permitted.
  • Singing is permitted (masks must be worn indoors when in non-residential premises). Performers do not have to wear a mask.
  • A private activity at which 51-150 people are present requires a COVID Marshal.

Private function

An invitation-only event or function on a part of relevant licensed premises or an ongoing licensed premises* where there is no access for members of the public (not invited to the event or function:

  • Food and beverage consumption whilst standing at a density of 1 person per 2 square metres, when seated 3 people per 4 square metres
  • Must have an approved contact tracing system. This must be independent from the contact tracing system used by the relevant licenced premises.
  • Limit of 150 people
  • Singing is permitted (masks must be worn indoors). Performers do not have to wear a mask.
  • Dancing is not permitted except by the bridal party during a wedding ceremony or reception.
  • Communal food and beverage areas are not permitted.

*Ongoing licensed premises means licensed premises under the Liquor Licensing Act 1997in respect of which an ongoing licence under Part 3, Division 2, Subdivision 2 of that Act is in force. Note: a short term licence is not an ongoing licence.

Masks

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

  • High risk settings
  • Personal care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Health care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Passenger transport services
  • Indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising)
  • Shared indoor public places (except bridal parties during ceremonies)

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.

High risk setting

High risk means each of the following:

  • a residential aged care facility
  • a disability care facility
  • a prison, correctional facility, training centre or other place 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
  • health care services provided in any of the Aboriginal communities listed in Schedule 1 or any other Aboriginal community controlled health service.

Personal care

Personal Care includes services such as hairdressers, barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons, tattoo parlours, and other premises at which beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, piercing, body modification services are provided, as well as wellness centres, day spas, massage parlours, saunas, and bathhouses.

Dancing

Dancing is permitted at a private activity at an unlicensed premises and at a dance studio with a liquor licence if no service of alcohol takes place in the premises.

Dancing is not permitted at a nightclub or relevant licensed premises except:

  • by members of the bridal party at a wedding ceremony or reception

Singing

Singing is permitted but when a person is singing indoors, they must wear a mask.

Exceptions include if:

  • 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.

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Note from Employsure

The above is a general guide to the restrictions in South Australia. For official and detailed information, please visit the South Australia Government’s Covid website. If you need further information on how these restrictions impact your workplace as an employer, please get in touch with our advice line or, if you are not a client, we can assist you with free, initial advice on 1300 207 182.

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