COVID-19 Update 12 August 2020 | Changes to private gatherings, COVID Safe Marshalls for SA, Restrictions on Cross-Border Communities

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New COVID-19 Restrictions on private gatherings, cross-border communities and introduction of COVID Safe Marshalls

On Wednesday 12 August, the South Australian Police Commissioner, Grant Stephens announced new COVID-19 changes to visitor numbers at South Australian private gatherings, new restrictions on cross-border communities and the introduction of COVID Safe Marshalls for a range of venues.

In Summary

Update to restrictions on gatherings

Visitors at residential premises
Up to 10 visitors will be allowed at residential premises, in addition to those who normally live there (capped at 20 people). The capacity allowed in your private residence is subject to the 1 person per 2 square metres rule.

Example: a family of 4 can invite up 10 visitors; a family of 12 can invite only 8 visitors

Gatherings at a private place
Gatherings at a private place (not a public place or residential premises) are now restricted to no more than 100 people regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor. E.g. hall or farm.

Public parks
There is 100 person maximum permitted if holding a celebration at a public park. The 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies.

Weddings, funerals and wakes
There is a 100 person maximum permitted for weddings, funerals and wakes, regardless of the venue (such as a hotel or other entertainment premises). If a wedding, funeral or wake is held at a private residence it is subject to the residential premises limit.

Licensed venues – e.g. hotel, pub, restaurant, function centre
The 1 person per 2 square metres rule applies. If your event is being held at a ‘relevant licenced premises’ at which more than 1000 people are expected to be present, a COVID Management Plan is required. If the event is being hosted at a ‘relevant licensed premises’ or ‘nightclub’ as defined by the direction, dancing and the consumption of liquor is not permitted.

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New COVID Marshals introduced

New COVID Marshals will be introduced across a number of industry sectors to ensure venue capacity, physical distancing and infection control requirements are met.

Marshals will be required at licensed premises, cafes and food courts, large stores, gyms, freight distribution centres, shopping centres and places of worship.

SA Police and SA Health will work with the various sectors to introduce the Marshals as quickly and smoothly as possible. These requirements will come into effect in seven days from Friday 21 August 2020.

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Changes for Victorian cross border community members

From 12.01 am Friday 21 August, cross border community members crossing the Victorian border will have their essential traveller status suspended.

Cross border community members wishing to enter South Australia will be required to reapply under another essential traveller category.

These changes take into account the current situation in Victoria and will be continuously monitored until the risk is significantly reduced. The New South Wales cross border arrangements remain unchanged.



You can watch today’s media conference below.

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