26 Dec 2021

Changes to density limits and testing for interstate arrivals

Changes to density limits for hospitality and an easing of testing requirements for interstate arrivals are among the new restrictions announced today to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.

There will also be a new definition of a “close” contact, following the change introduced earlier this week for “casual” contacts only needing to test if they have symptoms.

Effective from midnight tonight, 26 December 2021:

  • Indoor dining – one person per four square metres
  • Outdoor seated consumption – one person per two square metres
  • Home gatherings – capped at 10 people
  • Gyms – one person per seven square metres.

Effective immediately, interstate arrivals will no longer be required to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure as the focus shifts to testing people with symptoms.

For definitions of a close contact, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said that SA Health will move to a more automated system to notify contacts.

Please refer to covid-19.sa.gov.au for further details.

I will continue to keep you updated.

Rodney Harrex
Chief Executive