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This is the latest COVID-19 information for people who live in South Australia. Things do keep changing with COVID-19. It is important to keep up to date so that you can stay safe.

If you would like to talk to someone about COVID-19 please call the Disability Information Helpline - 1800 643 787. Our Information Officers can help you find information for where you live and, for what you need. It is open Monday to Friday - 8 am to 8 pm AEDT.

As at midnight on Saturday 21st November, the stay at home order was lifted. This was announced by SA Premier Steven Marshall.

We will keep this article up to date so do check back in for the latest information.

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Current Rules for South Australia 

Leaving Your Home | Business | Employment | Education | Hospitality/Entertainment | Travel | Aged Care | Other | Penalities 

Easy English Information
Auslan
How to Stay Safe
Testing
Masks
NDIS

Current Rules for South Australia 

Leaving your home

You are allowed to leave your home.

Restricted activities

Under the current direction, the following venues must not open

  • Recreation centres
  • Indoor play centres
  • Amusement parks and arcades

There are also restrictions on certain types of activity. These activities may not go ahead:

  • community or club sports fixtures and trainings, whether indoors or outdoors (this does not include elite, professional sport, or intra-school sport). This means club, league and inter-school sports are cancelled.
  • swimming, other than for fitness or rehabilitation.

Business

See Business restrictions and closures for more information on businesses required to close from 17 November.

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

Attendance at pubs, clubs and restaurants is capped at 100 people per venue, with density requirements of 1 person per 4 sqm total, and no vertical (standing) consumption indoors or outdoors. There is a maximum booking size of 10 people per group, with seated dining only.

Gatherings at licensed venues will be capped at 50 people, with density requirements of 1 person per 4 sqm and no vertical (standing) consumption.

Personal care activities

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

Entertainment venues

A maximum of 1 person per 4 sqm is allowed at:

  • Cinemas
  • Theatres or live performance/concert venues
  • Zoos and animal parks
  • Galleries, museums and historic sites.

Activities planned with an approved COVID Management Plan scheduled before 1 December cannot go ahead.

Gatherings

All gatherings must observe the new maximum density requirements.

Gatherings at private residences are capped at 10 people, regardless of age (unless more than 10 people permanently live there).

Private gatherings other than at a residence are capped at 50. Density requirements must be observed.

Funerals are capped at 50 people.

Weddings are capped at 150 people. Organisers must register all attendees with SA Health. Digital contact tracing record form - Weddings

Church services are capped at 100 people.

Hospitality venues (pubs, clubs, restaurants) are capped at 100 people per venue, with no vertical (standing) consumption, indoor or outdoor. There is a maximum booking size of 10 people per group, with seated dining only.

Employment

SA Health is still recommending that people continue to work from home where possible.

Who is deemed an Essential Worker?

Essential worker means a person who performs work that is essential for the continued operation of any of the following:

  • a supermarket, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger (but not an indoor or outdoor market)
  • premises commonly known as a bottle shop
  • a financial institution
  • a post office
  • a pharmacy
  • a hardware store
  • a petrol station
  • a distribution centre
  • a pet store or veterinary clinic
  • the following emergency services:
    • fire fighting services
    • paramedical services
    • ambulance services
    • medical retrieval services (including Royal Flying Doctor Services)
    • police services
    • State Emergency Services
    • military and defence services deployed in South Australia.
  • essential infrastructure and essential services (within the meaning of the Essential Services Act 1981)
  • vehicle and mechanical repair services
  • roadside assistance services
  • National Heavy Vehicle Regulator compliance activities
  • government or local government services (whether provided by government, local government or outsourced) determined to be essential by the relevant Chief Executive
  • consular and diplomatic services
  • Australian Border Force and Commonwealth law enforcement and intelligence agency services
  • journalist and media services
  • a factory or facility that is not able to be shut down without causing damage to plant and equipment, but only those operations that are necessary in order to prevent that damage
  • organisations that provide urgent services necessary for the health and safety of any person, animal or premises i.e The performance of emergency plumbing services, Centrelink services or Food banks
  • public transport, including taxis and other public passenger services
  • air transport (including the operation of airports)
  • freight services (including postal and courier services)
  • essential health services
  • a blood bank (including blood bank collection and delivery)
  • care services for people with particular needs because of homelessness, age, infirmity, disability, illness or a chronic health condition
  • childcare, early childhood education and primary and secondary schooling services
  • hotel or motel accommodation
  • truckstops and roadhouses, including the provision of food for seated consumption at, or take away from, a truck stop or roadhouse by a truck driver
  • production and distribution of food and groceries for sale by a supermarket, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger (but not an indoor or outdoor market), other than production at a red meat abattoir; and liquor for sale at premises commonly known as a bottle shop; and medical and pharmaceutical products
  • primary industries only to the extent necessary to ensure adequate supply of food and care of crops and animals.

I am an Essential Worker. Will I have to show ID if Police stop me?

Please ensure you have identification on you and where possible evidence to prove your workplace/occupation.  This could include but is not limited to workplace id, uniform etc.

Education

Are schools open?

Public schools and preschools will reopen to all students on Monday 23 November.

Your child should attend school or preschool as normal unless your child:

  • is self-isolating as directed by SA Health (including students from Mawson Lakes School and Preschool, and Roma Mitchell Secondary College)
  • has been asked to stay home on medical advice
  • is unwell.

While OSHC is able to operate, families should check with their OSHC service if it’s running a service on Monday.

Hospitality / Entertainment

Hospitality

How many people are permitted at our pub/hotel?

The maximum capacity at hospitality venues is 100. The 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies.

Food and beverage must be consumed while seated (indoors and outdoors). Dancing is not permitted.

Maximum booking is 10 people.

Nightclubs

Do nightclubs have to complete a COVID Management Plan to operate?

Yes. Nightclubs must have an approved COVID Management Plan to be allowed to operate. However, for a period of two weeks from 17 November 2020 at 00:01 am, they cannot function as a nightclub.

Until they have such a plan in place, they are only allowed to operate as a bar/pub (that is, they can open to the public and sell alcohol to seated patrons indoors with the option to serve patrons who are standing in outdoor areas), but they must keep their dance floor closed and not play loud, amplified music).

Public entertainment

Can I go to the cinema?

Yes. Venues must ensure persons present do not exceed 1 person per 4 square metres.

Can I go to the theatre to watch a show?

Yes. Venues must ensure persons present do not exceed 1 person per 4 square metres.

Will the zoos/animal parks remain open?

Yes. Venues must ensure persons present do not exceed 1 person per 4 square metres.

Are amusement parks and arcades open?

No. Amusement parks and arcades are closed.

We had an event planned with an approved COVID Management Plan scheduled for the 28th of November. Can this still go ahead.

No. All activities planned with a COVID Management Plan, scheduled before 1 December 2020, are suspended.

Shopping

What are shopping hours?

Retail shopping hours have returned to normal as of 12:01 am on Sunday 22 November 2020.

Travel

Low Community-Transmission Zone states

South Australia's borders are open to travellers from these states:

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • Tasmania
  • Western Australia.

These are Low Community-Transmission Zone states. All travellers from a Low Community-Transmission Zone state must complete a Cross-Border Travel Registration.

Travel from Victoria

Currently, travellers who may enter South Australia from Victoria include:

  • Students returning to South Australia after studying in Victoria
  • People relocating to South Australia permanently, provided criteria around accommodation can be met
  • People relocating to South Australia for work purposes, provided criteria around accommodation and a contract for employment in SA can be met
  • People passing through South Australia, for example, driving to Western Australia or the Northern Territory, provided they will be allowed entry into that state on arrival.

Like all travellers entering South Australia, they will need to complete a Cross Border travel approval form online via the SAPOL website.

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

Masks are mandatory where physical distancing cannot be maintained, and personal care workers are limited to working at one site.

There is a restriction of 2 visitors per resident per day.

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

Other

Gatherings

Can I stand and consume food and beverages during a ceremony, wedding ceremony, wedding reception, funeral service, or at a wake?

No, you are not permitted to stand and consume food and beverages or use shared utensils used during a ceremony, wedding ceremony, wedding reception, funeral service, or at a wake.

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

The maximum number of people permitted at private residences for private gatherings is 10. This includes children and infants.

Can we arrange a garage sale? How many people can be present at our property at once?

Yes. The maximum number of people permitted at your residence is 10. The 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies and 1.5m physical distancing is strongly encouraged.

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

The maximum number of people permitted to attend a church for a religious ceremony is 100.

The 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies.

How many people can attend a wedding (including wedding ceremonies and reception)?

The maximum number of people permitted to attend a wedding is 150.

The 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies.

Note: All attendees must be registered with SA Health. Digital contact tracing record form - Weddings

Can we dance at a wedding?

No, dancing is not permitted at a wedding.

Where am I permitted to dance?

You can dance at a residential premises or private place.

How many people can attend a funeral?

The maximum number of people permitted to attend a funeral is 50. The 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies.

What is the maximum capacity at my birthday party a ‘relevant licensed premises ’ such as a hotel/pub/restaurant/function centre ...

The 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies with the maximum number of people permitted being 100.

No standing consumption of food or beverage. Dancing is not permitted.

The venue must have a COVID Safe Plan and a COVID Marshal must be present and a contact tracing register of guests will also need to be maintained.

Can we host a ticketed event with drinking and dancing at our sporting/RSL club for members?

No. Any event that is hosted at a licensed venue and is promoted and there is commercial gain is not permitted.

Catering requirements (including weddings)

Cocktail functions, self-serve buffets or grazing tables where people congregate and use shared utensils are not permitted.

Note: If you remain at the same table, food allocated to your table can be shared among people who are at your table.

Can I consume food and beverages (including alcohol) standing up  (indoors and outdoors) at a relevant licensed premises?

No, standing consumption of food and beverages is not permitted.

 

Recreation / Sport

Can I go to the gym?

Yes. Gyms are permitted to be open.

Can we go to a playgound?

Yes, you are permitted to go to a playground.

Are play cafes permitted to be open?

No. Play cafes are not permitted to be open.

Can I go to a trampoline centre or similar?

No. Trampoline centres or similar are not permitted to be open.

I play sport at a recreation centre. Is this permitted?

No. Sport at recreation centres is not permitted.

Is community sport cancelled?

Yes. Community sport (indoor/outdoor, contact/non-contact) is not permitted.

Are we allowed to do outdoor boot camps?

Yes. Outdoor boot camps, personal training and group physical recreation activities are permitted.

Outdoor fitness, is there a limit or cap on numbers in attendance?

No, but the 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies and 1.5m physical distancing is strongly encouraged.

If clients bring children to outdoor fitness are they included in numbers, and children expected to maintain distancing requirements?

There is no cap on attendees doing outdoor fitness sessions except, but the 1 person per 4 square metres rule still applies and 1.5m physical distancing is strongly encouraged.

Can we go swimming at our local/public pool?

Swimming is permitted for fitness or rehabilitation purposes at swimming pools used by the public.

Are swimming lessons allowed?

No. Swimming is only permitted for fitness, rehabilitation purposes or elite athletes at swimming pools used by the public.

Can I play golf/tennis?

Organised community sport is not permitted but you may play golf, or play tennis at a park, as recreational activities.

Can I go to a dance/yoga/pilates class?

Yes, classes or activities at gyms, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities and dance and pilates studios are permitted.

Penalties

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

Testing

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.

You can also call us if you need help to find out more about where you can be tested.


COVID-19 testing for people with a disability


Masks

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.

NDIS

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

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