17 Dec 2021

Date set for restrictions to ease in South Australia

The date has been set for when South Australia will reach our 90 per cent vaccination target and restrictions will further ease in our state.

Among the changes, which will be welcome news for many businesses, we will see the return of stand-up drinking and dancing, seated venues like restaurants and theatres able to operate at 100 per cent capacity, and a lift in attendance numbers for events to require a COVID Management Plan.

Effective from Tuesday, 28 December 2021:

  • Stand up drinking and dancing permitted – for fully vaccinated venues
  • 3 people per 4 sqm (75 per cent density) for venues permitting standing activity or dancing
  • No density requirement for venues permitting only seated activity – e.g. restaurants, cafes and theatres
  • Night clubs permitted to operate at 50 per cent density – for fully vaccinated
  • COVID Management Plan required for planned events of more than 3,000 people (up from previous 1,000 people)
  • Fully vaccinated international arrivals to quarantine for 72 hours (testing requirements also apply)
  • No restrictions on residential premises (home gatherings)
  • Masks to stay for indoor public venues and public transport.

See details of the COVID Ready Plan (below) or go to covid-19.sa.gov.au/response.

This easing of restrictions and a date in the calendar to start planning will no doubt come as relief for many operators across the state, as SA transitions into this next phase of managing and living with COVID-19.

I will continue to keep you updated.

Rodney Harrex
Chief Executive

View the Industry Update - 17 December 2021.