Borders opening to WA, NT & TAS and further lifting of restrictions
The premier Steven Marshall today announced borders with WA, NT and TAS will be open from midnight tonight and there will be changes to indoor fitness and dance classes from Friday 19 June.
Changes to borders
Effective midnight 16 June 2020:
- Travellers entering South Australia directly from Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days.
- For those currently in quarantine who arrived directly from WA, TAS and the NT can end their quarantine from midnight 16 June, regardless of how long they have been in SA.
- This does not mean that South Australians can travel to these states and territory – that will only be when they open their borders to us.
- Travellers arriving from all other states and territories will still be required to quarantine for 14 days.
- Quarantine requirements for other states and territories will be eased on 20 July.
Indoor Fitness Classes
Restrictions are easing for indoor fitness groups – including dance – from Friday 19 June.
Classes will be able to increase numbers if they are held in rooms that allow for the increase:
- If space allows for 1 person per 7 square metres, indoor group fitness classes can have up to 20 people.
- If space only allows for 1 person 4 square metres, indoor group fitness classes remain limited to 10 people.
- This does not include the people employed or engaged to work to run the activity.
Businesses and organisations must complete a COVID-Safe Plan and all participants are required to provide their contact details.
Current recommendations are based on advice from Fitness Australia. Professor Nicola Spurrier also mentioned that fitness classes have an increased respiratory rate and increase rate of transmission. The decision is based on data from overseas related to a Zumba class.
Researchers from Emerging Infectious Diseases have found that the turbulent air flow caused by intense physical exercise in densely populated sports facilities could help spread the virus.
The study found that in South Korea, a workshop to train instructors for a dance class similar to Zumba, ultimately led to 112 people falling sick with COVID-19, during February and March 2020. Nearly 30 teachers participated in the 15 February workshop, which involved intense physical activity for four hours. It was later revealed that eight of the participants were infected with the Coronavirus, though none had symptoms at the time. By 9 March 2020, 112 cases were identified to be linked to roughly hour-long dance classes at 12 sports facilities, which were all traced back to the initial workshop. For more info see this NY Times article and this Science News article.
Outdoor public assemblies of up to 300 people will be allowed as of this Friday 19 June, adhering to the 1 person per 4 sqm rule.
See below the South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions now including Step 2 Plus
COVID-19 UPDATE – Current Cases SA
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