New COVID-19 restrictions impacting SA's tourism sector
New restrictions have today been introduced in South Australia today, which impact our tourism industry. The new restrictions are expected to be in place for at least one week, and not any longer than is necessary.
Effective from midnight, Monday 28 June:
- 1 person per 2 square metre density restrictions at licensed venues
- No standing-drinking indoors at licensed venues
- Private gatherings capped at 150
- Masks mandatory at high-risk settings (such as aged care and hospitals) and highly recommended on public transport.
The new restrictions are in addition to yesterday's introduction of border closures to WA, NT, QLD, NSW and the ACT.
The border to Victoria remains largely open, however there are restrictions for people who have visited a Tier One or Two exposure site. There are no restrictions for travel to and from Tasmania. Cross Border Travel Registration is mandatory for all travellers.
It is clear the COVID situation around Australia continues to be volatile and the highly contagious Delta strain is of concern to health authorities.
In announcing today's restrictions, Premier Steven Marshall said the Government is taking preemptive action to keep our economy strong.
I recognise that these restrictions are incredibly disappointing and disheartening to businesses across our sector. They are expected to be in place for one week only, and are to ensure we can get back to the low-level restrictions we were enjoying in SA for so long.
The SATC will continue to monitor the situation closely and be ready to respond. Our marketing activity interstate has largely been paused, with a specific focus now on the intrastate market, and in particular self-drive as we lead in to the school holidays.
For details of COVID-19 restrictions in our state, please refer to the official SA Government COVID information site at covid-19.sa.gov.au.
See the full Industry Update – 28 June 2021 here.