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Things do keep changing with COVID-19 and it is important to keep up to date so that you can stay safe. Here are resources for your state.

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Current Rules for South Australia  COVID Safe Check-inBusiness | EmploymentTravel | Aged Care | Other | Penalities 

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Current Rules for South Australia 

From 19 December, people wishing to travel to South Australia from interstate or New Zealand are required to complete a Cross-Border Travel Registration.

People travelling to South Australia from overseas also need to complete the form. Read more about entering SA in Travel restrictions.

For the latest on incoming travellers check Travelling to SA.

For the most up to date information, see the Government of SA website.

 Restricted activities

COVID-Safe Check-In

The mySA Gov App has a new feature to enhance contract tracing.

From Monday 30 November, businesses with a COVID-Safe plan will receive a new COVID-Safe plan via email that includes a QR code to print off and display in a prominent location within their business.

From 1 December, customers will be able to use the mySA GOV app to scan a business's QR code to check-in. You won't need to sign up for a mySA GOV account.  Customers will receive a text confirmation when they check-in.

Backup methods will be available for customers who don't have a smartphone.


See Business restrictions and closures for more information on businesses required to close.

Where businesses may now open, some restrictions apply.

  • No shared utensils may be provided in the course of providing the service of any food or beverages.
  • No communal food or beverage service areas may operate, this includes buffets, salad bars or communal water/beverage or sauce dispensers
  • No re-usable equipment, such as ‘hookah’ or other pipes, tubes, heads or any other equipment associated with the operation of shisha, smoking or vaping at the place may be used.

What services/businesses are restricted?

Hospitality venues

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

Food and beverages can be consumed while standing up.

If people are sitting at a bar, there must be no food preparation taking place.

Private functions are also 1 person per 2 square metres.

Personal care activities

At nail salons, tattoo parlours, hairdressers and similar businesses, masks are mandatory for service providers and encouraged for clients.

Entertainment venues

For cinemas, live theatre or any other live performance venues where patrons are in fixed seating, capacities can increase to 75% if patrons wear masks and for capacity at 50% masks are not required to be worn.


The following gathering provisions apply:

Private function (including wedding and funerals)

200 people, maximum 1 person per 2 square metres

Private functions include weddings, funerals, parties or any other function which is by invite only that is held at licensed premises. The function must be in a designated area which has no public access and where possible separate bathroom facilities from the rest of the venue.

Guests must use their best endeavours to remain segregated from other patrons at the premises. Food and beverages must have no shared utensils but can be consumed while standing. Dancing is also permitted.

Private residence

50 people per house

Private place

200 people maximum


Cross Border Travel Registration

All travellers coming to South Australia are required to complete a Cross Border Travel Registration. For the latest on incoming travellers check Travelling to SA.

Cross-Border Travel Registration - SAPOL website

For families, each individual must complete a separate cross-border travel registration form.

Border communities

A person is eligible for Cross Border Community Member status if they reside within 70 km of the South Australia/Victorian border.

Cross-border community members can travel up to 70 km into SA or VIC, for any reason, from their point of entry into the relevant state. If the person travels more than 70 km into Victoria they will not be permitted to re-enter South Australia.

South Australia and Victoria Border – 70 km (PDF, 546.3 KB)

Travelling interstate

If you want to travel from South Australia to another state, check the rules of the state you wish to travel to before you leave. Not all state travel arrangements are reciprocal.

You will need to complete a Cross-Border Travel Registration before you return to SA.

Aged Care

A face mask (covering mouth and nose) must be worn by all people including:

  • care providers
  • patients and clients
  • admin and other staff
  • employees
  • visitors
  • students
  • contractors and any other person when they are in the presence of other people.

Note the following exceptions:

  • A patient or client and/or a person providing care is not required to wear a mask if, in the provider or carer’s professional opinion, or in the opinion of the service organisation providing the service, the wearing of a mask will hinder the provision of the relevant care and/or impact patient or client safety.
  • A person is not required to wear a mask 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.
  • A mask is not required to be worn 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 patient or client under the age of 12 is not required to wear a mask.
  • 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.

Some sites are imposing greater restrictions. These are not part of the Direction but are choices made by individual sites.


Are there penalties for not following the Direction?

Fines will be issued to individuals ($1060) and businesses ($5060) who disregard restrictions.

Source:  Government of South Australia

Easy English Information 

COVID19 Update - from SA based the Growing Space

There is also a large range of Easy English information here.

Other useful information:
We need space between us
Look for the signs
City of Adelaide Information

IDEAS encourages people to print and share Easy English information with people who may not have access to the internet.

Auslan Information

Expressions Australia provides updates in Auslan as part of their daily news coverage.

How To Stay Safe 

To stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wear a mask if you must go outside
  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested
  • Stay 1.5 metres away from other people—think two big steps
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
  • Leave a location if it is crowded.

If you have any concerns about your health, contact your doctor or contact National Coronavirus Information Helpline - 1800 020 080

Easy English Information - Look after yourself


If you have any of these symptoms you should get tested.

  • fever (37.5 ° or higher)
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or
  • loss of taste.

Find a testing centre - SA COVID-19 Testing Centres

Home testing in South Australia

These can be found in the COVID-19 Testing Centre menu above.
Patients need a referral from their GP to access home testing services.
For more information view the service links below.

COVID-19 testing for people with a disability


People have been urged to wear face masks every time they leave their homes in South Australia. However, it is not a rule yet and it is not compulsory. Police say some leeway will be given in the coming days as people get their masks, but they are expected to become part of the directions under the next set of restrictions.

Masks can help stop the spread of COVID19.
Masks should also be worn by anyone providing personal care, or where people can not be more than 1.5 metres apart from someone.

 From the Australian Government

IDEAS encourages people to print and share Easy English and Easy Read information with people who may not have access to the internet.

Find out more about masks for people with a disability.


If you need to organise more support or are not sure what you can use your funds for contact the NDIS.
Call the contact centre open Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm (local time). Phone 1800 800 110 and press number 5.

NDIS Supports in South Australia

Temporary measures in place to assist participants in South Australia, in light of the changing circumstances, include:

  • eligible NDIS participants able to use plan funding to purchase low-cost Assistive Technology, including smart devices (up to $1500);
  • greater plan flexibility to ensure access to supports;
  • deep cleaning of residences in the event a support worker returns a positive COVID-19 test;
  • additional support, including a deep cleaning service, for participants who test positive for COVID-19 or who are required to isolate who live in a  Supported Independent Living (SIL) setting;
  • NDIS participants in South Australia who rely on face-to-face supports and assistance with their daily living will be able to use an existing support item (Low-Cost Disability-Related Health Consumables) to claim on the cost of PPE for their own use at times their worker is with them; and 
  • Providers in South Australia able to claim an allowance of $1.70 per hour of support delivered in the Activities of Daily Life Support Category, to cover the cost of PPE for workers, directly from the NDIA, ensuring participant plan funds are not impacted by the use of PPE by their providers and workers.

More Information

COVID-19 Disability Information
Easy English Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources
IDEAS COVID Directory listings

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