Easing of Coronavirus restrictions and interstate travel.
Premier Steven Marshall today announced a further easing of coronavirus restrictions in South Australia from 19 June.
Step 2 Plus Easing of Restrictions from 19 June 2020
Further easing of current Step 2 restrictions in South Australia come into effect from next Friday 19 June 2020. Premier Marshall described this as our Step 2.5.
Restrictions on public activities will be eased to allow venues to have up to 75 people in a single room and 300 max per venue.
The following rules still apply:
▪ One person per four square metres.
▪ Physical distancing of 1.5 metres.
Private indoor/outdoor gatherings of up to 75 people maximum allowed. This also includes funerals, weddings and other ceremonies.
Indoor group fitness classes remain limited to 10 participants maximum (based on the increased health risk of indoor forced exhalation).
Interstate Travel from 20 July 2020
From 20 July, the 14-day mandatory quarantine will no longer be required for travellers entering South Australia from interstate. All of South Australia’s borders will be open. Anyone coming from overseas will continue to be required to quarantine for 14 days.
Step 3 Restrictions from 29 June 2020
From 29 June 2020, South Australia will move into Stage 3 Restrictions, brought forward from the previous expected date of 3 July.
Step 3 was supposed to include a maximum of 100 people in any one room but this will instead move towards a broader limit based on 1 person per 4 square metres. This will allow venues to have a number of people based on their size.
Stage 3 will see the re-opening of:
Adelaide Casino & gaming venues
However nightclubs, deemed to be higher risk, large outdoor concerts and arts/music festivals will still not be allowed.
Indoor sports can begin competition as long as it is non-contact or involves only accidental contact. There are no plans yet for return of spectators to indoor sports such as basketball, netball or martial arts.
Indoor Fitness & Dance Classes Info:
There will still be stricter restrictions in place for indoor fitness classes which include dance. The maximum number of 10 people will continue when Step 3 starts. It was indicated that Fitness Australia is recommending 1 person per 7 square metres. Professor Nicola Spurrier 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.
See below the South Australian Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions now including Step 2 Plus
More details about Step 3 Restrictions will be released in the coming weeks. Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated that some entertainment and sport venues may be able to include up to 10,000 people as long as they are seated events. There will be further clarity on this to come.
Under the Future Steps for Consideration where a date has not yet been set for re-opening are:
- Indoor playgrounds and amusement arcades
- Crowd numbers at large stadiums
- Nightclubs and music festivals
- Spas and saunas
- Shisha and hookah use
Watch today’s press conference below:
There have been no new cases of COVID-19 for 17 days in South Australia.
Find out more on the SA Government website here
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Image Source: Steven Marshall Facebook page & SA Health Facebook page
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