28 Jul 2021

Guidance for tours, hospitality can extend trading space, Illuminate reignites & more...

A great day for South Australia today, out of lockdown and we’ve had our state’s second consecutive day of zero new cases.

The team and I here at the South Australian Tourism Commission have been talking with operators about adjusting to the new restrictions and doubling down on the intrastate market.

I wanted to share some clarifications for our industry, as well as an opportunity for hospitality businesses:

Travel to region

  • There are no restrictions on intrastate travel. South Australians are advised to adhere to the Level 3 restrictions when out and about, which includes one person per four square metres density cap, seated food and beverage consumption, QR code check-ins, and are strongly encouraged to wear masks in indoor public places.

Tour operators and tour vehicles

  • The density limit of one person per four square metres does not apply to recreational vehicles
  • Masks required in tour vehicles.

Tours (and transport that is available for hire by members of the public) are defined as public activity and the tour operator must therefore:

For further guidance for transport and tour vehicles, see the fact sheet for Tour Operators available via SA Health here.

There’s also more information on public activities under Level 3 restrictions available at covid-19.sa.gov.au.

A reminder that we are continually updating the resources and information available at the COVID-19 Support page.

Hospitality businesses – increase your trading space

South Australian hospitality businesses are being encouraged to apply for temporary increases to their licensed footprint.

Level 3 restrictions mean density requirements remain limited to one person per four square metres for at least the next week.

Restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs are invited to apply for short-term increases to their licensed footprint – allowing them to extend their service, allowing for the consumption of liquor, expand their outdoor area, or license a new outdoor area or separate room.

Applications are free and do not involve the usual application process.

Details and to apply at: cbs.sa.gov.au/liquor-licence-holders-and-covid-19.

If you have any questions or are seeking clarification on an issue affecting your business, please feel free to reach out to me directly or via reply to this email.

I will continue to keep you updated.

Rodney Harrex
Chief Executive 


Illuminate Adelaide reignites

Terrific news that Illuminate Adelaide’s magical, centrepiece installation Light Cycles will restart at Adelaide’s Botanic Garden, with an approved Covid-safe plan including reduced capacity and the use of masks strongly encouraged. Light Cycles will start tonight (28 July) and further sessions have been added from 3-8 August to replace the week lost due.

Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo will recommence from Thursday 29 July and will be extended until Sunday 8 August. Van Gogh Alive reopened its doors to visitors today and has extended its season until Sunday 22 August.

City Lights, the free outdoor program of large-scale installations and projections throughout Adelaide’s CBD, will restart from Thursday 29 July and run until Sunday 1 August, from 6-11pm.

Details at illuminateadelaide.com

Financial assistance – reminder of support available

More than 3,100 payments have already gone to businesses across South Australia. 

A reminder that small and medium sized businesses (including sole traders) that suffered a significant loss of income or were forced to close as a result of the lockdown may be eligible for a Business Support Grant. Apply by 11:59pm on 30 September 2021 via treasury.sa.gov.au.

Income relief is available for individuals state-wide who have lost hours due to the lockdown. Find more information via our COVID-19 Support page.

Support is also available for South Australians who can't earn an income because they must self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19. Information about the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is available at the Services Australia website.


See the full Industry Update – 28 July 2021 here.