With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the State Government has highlighted the need to develop a “COVID-19 Safe Plan”.
Businesses or organisations previously directed to close MUST complete a Plan (this is legally enforceable) before 1 June 2020, otherwise they may face a fine.
· Restaurants, cafes, wineries and pubs (but not nightclubs, casinos, gaming venues and food courts – these are still closed)
· Buildings used by social and sporting clubs
· Facilities used primarily for indoor physical recreation
· Indoor premises at which boot camp and other personal training are offered
· Indoor sporting venues
· Public swimming pools
· Motor sport facilities and other racetracks
· Community, youth and recreation centres
· Cinema, function centre or entertainment venue of any kind
· Theatres, concert venues, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums, and other places where live performances occur
· Galleries, museums, libraries (other than libraries in educational institutions)
· Local government non-essential facilities such as libraries
· Restaurants and cafes
· Auction houses
· Premises at which a real estate auction or inspection by a prospective purchaser or tenant of the premises is conducted
· Outdoor and indoor markets
· Beauty salons, nail salons and tattoo parlours and other premises at which beauty therapy and tanning, waxing, piercing or body modification services are provided
· Wellness centres, spas and massage parlours
· Places of worship
Business allowed to reopen from 11 May as part of Step 1 of South Australia’s Roadmap to Recovery must complete a Plan before 1 June 2020.
Other businesses may voluntarily choose to complete a Plan.
It is important that the Safe Plan is completed as it’s a legally enforceable document, i.e. if you have not completed it before 1 June you may be issued with a fine by SA Police.
This is the link to the COVID Safe Plan – https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/create-a-covid-safe-plan
For further information please visit the State Government website – https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/recovery-step-2
What is a COVID-Safe Plan?
- A COVID-Safe Plan is a list of measures designed to keep staff and patrons safe and minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.
- The requirement for defined businesses to have a Plan comes into operation from 1 June 2020.
How do I complete a COVID-Safe Plan?
- Complete your Plan online at sa.gov.au/covid-19
- While there are some universal requirements, your Plan will be specific to your business/premises and industry.
- Refer to official COVID-19 information sources for the latest directions and advice (see www.covid-19.sa.gov.au and www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au).
- Refer to guidance from your industry peak body if relevant.
- Calculate the size of your venue or measure the room dimensions and use the online tool to calculate square metres.
- Be prepared to spend some time completing your Plan, but you can leave and come back to the page at a later time if you need to source information or for any other reason.
- Once complete, the form will be e-mailed to you.
What must I do with the completed Plan?
- Print the Plan and make it available at your premises or place of doing business.
- Be ready to produce a physical copy on request by an authorised officer.
- It is not a requirement, but you may choose to display the Plan or the one page Record of Completion in a location visible to patrons.
What happens if I do not complete a Plan?
- If you have not completed a Plan, or do not have the Plan available at your premises when requested, you can be fined up to $5,000 on the spot for non-compliance, or face prosecution.
How do I implement the Plan?
- You must take the actions you committed to in your Plan.
- Review and update your policies and practices accordingly.
- Discuss the Plan with staff, contractors, suppliers and any others people who regularly
- access your premises for work purposes so that everyone is aware of the requirements.
- Ensure staff receive training on any new processes if needed.
- Regularly review your Plan and make updates if appropriate.