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.
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.