COVID-19 Update 30 Nov 2020 | Changes to Restrictions in SA from 1 Dec 2020

COVID-19 Update 30 November 2020 – Changes to Restrictions in South Australia

As of 12.01am Tuesday 1 December 2020, there will be further changes to COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia. This includes changes to density requirements, gathering provisions, requirements for fixed seating venues, the COVID-Safe check-in and mask requirements for health services.


Density Requirements:
  • Indoor Place (other than a private function)- 1 person per 4sqm
  • Outdoor Place- 1 person per 2sqm
  • People must use their best endeavours to implement physical distancing and remain 1.5m from people they do not know.
Note – The occupier/owner of a place must calculate the density requirements based on the space available for members of the public to use for the defined activity (not including bathrooms etc). This does not include staff areas and staff who are working are not calculated in the capacity number.
  • Private function (including wedding and funerals) – 150 people max 1 person per 2 sqm
  • Private residence- 10 people per house (unless more than 10 people permanently reside at the residence)
  • Private place- 150 people max
  • Holiday accommodation- The maximum number of people permitted to sleep at the place as set by the accommodation provider
  • Caravan park or camping ground- 6 people max per site and no more than 6 visitors. Children under the age of 16 are not included.
Note – Children and infants of any age are counted in the above gathering and density provisions, other than at caravan parks where children under the age of 16 are not included.
Consumption of Food  & Beverages:
  • Food and beverages which are served for consumption at venues (including pubs, cafes, clubs, restaurants, wineries, etc.) must be consumed whilst seated when indoors.
  • Food and beverages can be consumed whilst standing or seated when outdoors.
  • Communal food and beverages are not permitted.
  • If people are sitting at a bar there must be no food preparation taking place.
Private Functions (Including Weddings/Funerals)
  • Private functions include weddings, funerals, parties or any other function which is by invite only that is held at licensed premises.
  • The function must be in a designated area which has no public access and where possible separate bathroom facilities from the rest of the venue.
  • Guests must use their best endeavours to remain segregated from other patrons at the premises.
  • The maximum number of people permitted is 150 people and the density provision of 1 person per 2sqm applies regardless of whether the function is indoors or outdoors.
  • Food and beverages must have no shared utensils but can be consumed while standing.
  • Dancing is also permitted.
Cinema, Theatre & Other Fixed Seating Venues:
  • Any indoor cinema, theatre or any other place where the activity includes a fixed seating must implement a ‘checkerboard’ seating arrangement and must not have over 50% of their standard capacity in patrons.
Fitness, Recreation Activities  & Sport
  • Fitness, recreation activities & sport can resume.
  • Swimming or other activities at swimming pools used by the public are permitted to operate providing there are no more than 50 people in a pool at any one time.
COVID-SAFE Check-in:
  • Any operation with a COVID Safe Plan must also use an approved contact tracing system which includes the COVID-SAfe Check in, Scan Tek or any other electronic platform which is approved by the state coordinator. Those who have a COVID Safe Plan will be issued with a QR code which will be attached to the approved plan & must be displayed in the premises/business/venue.
  • A person who participates in a defined public activity or who enters a venue must upload their relevant contact details. If the system is not working or the person is unable to upload their details they must provide their details to the venue operator & these details must be retained.
  • A reminder that all defined public activities (other than home health services) must have a COVID Safe Plan which can be completed here:
  • This is the responsibility of the person who has care and control of the place or where the place is used by several people the owner/primary caretaker must ensure these systems are in place.
Note:  The SA Health requirement for the Health Services Sector to generate COVID Safe Plans with QR codes is a new and significant change for a large group of organisations;
Given this cohort has not previously been required to have COVID safe plans a period of 72 hours is being provided to allow SA Health the opportunity to further communicate with the Sector & allow organisations go online and generate COVID safe plans with associated QR codes.
During this period enforcement action will not be taken, but all business must implement the requirements as soon as possible, & within the 72 hour grace period.
Health Care, Residential Care, Disability Support & Aged Care Services:
  • Masks must be worn in defined health care, residential care, disability support or aged are services. A full list of these services can be found in Schedule 2 of the Direction:…/public-activities
  • A single use surgical mask which covers the nose & mouth must be worn by all people including: care providers, patients, clients, residents, admin & other staff, employees, visitors, students, contractors & any other person when they are in the presence of other people.
Note – a person is exempt where; the mask will hinder the care which is being provided, there is a medical condition, communication with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing is required, the person is under 12 and the person is a live in staff member or a resident of a residential care facility.
Personal Care Activities

People providing personal care services must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) if they are providing these services at hairdressers, barbershops, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, wellness centres/day spas/massage parlours, saunas/bathhouses and any other place which beauty therapy/tanning/waxing/piercing/body modification takes place.

Indoor Play Centres, Amusement Parks & Arcades

Indoor play centres, amusement parks and arcades are not permitted to open. These facilities must remain closed & must not allow any member of the public to enter the facilities.

COVID Management Plans:

A SA Health approved COVID Management plan is required where more than 1000 people are expected to attend, or to operate a night club at relevant licensed premises.


  • South Australian residents should wear a mask when physical distancing of 1.5m cannot be observed, e.g. on public transport.

Border Reopening


If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at or




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