Lockdown to end in SA – restrictions ease at end of 7-days
Positive news for South Australia today – we’ll move out of lockdown at the end of the seven days, businesses will reopen and we can look ahead to regional travel again.
Effective from 12.01am on Wednesday 28 July 2021, the ‘Stay at Home’ order will be lifted, and restrictions move to:
- Density requirement of 1 person per 4 sqm
- Seated consumption of food and beverages (indoor and outdoor)
- No dancing, singing, shisha
- Private gatherings capped at 10
- Weddings and funerals at 50 (density requirement applies)
- Intrastate travel can be undertaken as long as density requirements are followed
- Events of under 1,000 people permitted (density requirement applies). For indoor events (e.g. theatres) masks are also required.
There is further advice being provided tomorrow for events with a COVID Management Plan (events over 1,000 people).
There is no change to border bubbles at this stage.
In making today’s announcement, Premier Steven Marshall said the lifting of restrictions are steps toward normality and part of a sensible pathway out.
It is expected these restrictions will be in place for one week, with a further easing as part of the path back toward where we were in SA.
I recognise that while it is positive news that our state’s lockdown will end, the restrictions will continue to have an impact on our sector.
The South Australian Tourism Commission is working on our own pathway out of this, and how we will entice South Australians to see SA again, as soon as it is safe to do so.
We’re also continuing our work with organisers of our managed and sponsored events, to help get these up and running as again as quickly as possible.
I look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.
Financial assistance – reminder of support available
A reminder that there is financial assistance available for businesses and individuals state-wide.
Small and medium sized businesses (including sole traders) that suffer a significant loss of income or have been forced to close as a result of the restrictions imposed from 20 July 2021 may be eligible for a Business Support Grant. Affected businesses need to apply by 11:59pm on 30 September 2021. For details, see treasury.sa.gov.au.
Income relief is available for individuals state-wide who have lost hours due to the lockdown, either through the Federal Government (if in a Commonwealth declared hot spot) or the State Government for all other jurisdictions in SA. 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 – 26 July 2021 here.