Coronavirus Restrictions Easing | Restaurants & Cafes to Reopen for Indoor Dining | Update 20 May 2020

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Restaurants and Cafes to Reopen for Indoor Dining

The Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall today announced a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia. As of Friday 22 May 2020, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to accommodate 10 indoor diners for a meal and alcohol. The second stage easing of coronavirus restrictions is also set to come into effect earlier on Friday 5 June, rather than the initial set date of Monday 8 June 2020.

The amended plan to ease restrictions is part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s move to accelerate local jobs and business recovery. The Government will outline the “principles-based approach” to this in coming days.

From Friday 22 May 2020

All cafes and restaurants will be permitted to seat up to a total of 20 patrons (10 inside and 10 outside) as well as sell alcohol to diners.

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From Friday 5 June 2020

All pubs across the state will be permitted to open.

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Premier Steven Marshall said South Australians’ ongoing success in helping limit the spread of COVID-19 has enabled the Government to further ease restrictions on advice of the transition committee with just one new case recorded in SA in the last 28 days.

Premier Marshall said,

This is all about accelerating local economic and jobs recovery, while rewarding South Australians for their outstanding efforts over many weeks in helping stop the spread of this virus,” said Premier Marshall.

“We know thousands of small businesses and their employees have been doing it incredibly tough recently, through no fault of their own, and my Government is committed to working with them to ensure they get back to business as quickly and as safely as possible.

“We have already injected $1 billion in economic stimulus, including $10,000 emergency cash grants for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, while the Federal Government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme has supported thousands of local jobs.

“And now, by bringing forward the ability for restaurants and cafes to offer indoor dining and serve alcoholic beverages to Friday, we will further support our hospitality sector as it recovers from the greatest economic challenge of our time.

“Hotels can also look forward to opening earlier than scheduled to capitalise on the entire June long weekend, which will bring a further economic and morale boost for South Australians.”

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said South Australia’s world class testing regime, decisive action in closing our borders and the community’s acceptance of COVID-19 restrictions has made us one of the safest places in the world.

“The fact that South Australia has not had any new cases for almost a fortnight and that South Australians are coming forward in increasing numbers to be tested has put us in a position where we can allow indoor dining in restaurants and cafes,” said Minister Wade.

“Just seven weeks ago as the pandemic was sweeping into Australia the prospect of South Australians enjoying a meal out with friends seemed very remote indeed.

“Whilst the return of indoor dining and the option of having a drink with your meal is a welcome step towards normality, we must not become complacent about the ongoing need to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19.

“Other countries have experienced second waves of coronavirus infections after seemingly having it beat and other states of Australia are still recording both new cases and community transition.

“Cafes and restaurants will need to follow strict hygiene procedures when reopening. I urge all South Australians to continue to practice the personal health measures that have bought us so much success in controlling COVID-19.”

Find out more on the SA Government website here

See the Roadmap for restrictions easing here.

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