COVID-19 restrictions ease again with dancing now permitted at weddings

The contents of the previous Direction are largely still in place, and the following changes have been made to the Public Activities Direction in South Australia.

COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia have eased again, with the Direction amended to clarify the definition and requirements for private functions, weddings and funerals, requirements for a person to record their details when they participate in a Defined Public Activity, and the requirement to wear a mask.

The contents of the previous Direction are largely still in place, and the following changes have been made to the Public Activities Direction in South Australia.


Hospitality premises are defined as places/businesses that are primarily used for the preparation of retail sale of food /drink for immediate consumption on or off the premises (excluding food courts) and/or licensed premises.

  • The 1 person per 2 square metres applies to all hospitality premises regardless of whether indoors or outdoors.
  • Food and beverages must be consumed while seated indoors but can be consumed while standing and seated while outdoors


The following applies to invitation only events including a private function at relevant licensed premises only and a wedding/funeral at any location:

  • 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. Where no separate bathroom facilities they must have a higher frequency of cleaning.
  • The maximum number of people permitted to attend is 150 people and the density provision of 1 person per 2 square metres applies.
  • *IMPORTANT- The 150 people (including children and infants) attending the event must be the same 150 people for the entire duration of event.
  • Food and beverages must have no shared utensils but can be consumed while standing.
  • Dancing is also permitted.


  • A person attending a place to participate in a defined public activity must endeavour in all circumstances to ensure that their relevant contact details are captured by COVIDSAfe CheckIn or Scan Tek in the first instance.
  • If the technology does not work or the person is unable to upload their details they must provide their details to the venue operator and these details must be retained.
  • Other contact tracing and COVIDSAfe- CheckIn directions still apply. For more visit:…/covid-safe-check-in.


  • Masks must be worn in defined health care, residential care, and disability support or aged are services. A full list of these services can be found in Schedule 2 of the Direction:…/public-activities
  • Masks that cover a person’s nose and mouth are required to be worn in Health care, residential care, disability support or aged care services by all people including: care providers, patients, clients, residents, admin and other staff, employees, visitors, students, contractors and any other person when they are in the presence of other people.


Hospitality premises, private functions at licensed premises, weddings/funerals at any venue- 1 person per 2sqm

The following density requirements apply to all activities (other outlined above):

  • Indoor Place (includes an enclosed area)- 1 person per 4sqm
  • Outdoor Place- 1 person per 2sqmPeople must use their best endeavours to implement physical distancing and remain 1.5m from people they do not know.


The following gathering provisions apply:

  • Private function at a licensed premises- 150 people maximum 1 person per 2 sqm
  • Weddings and Funerals regardless of the venue-150 people maximum 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 maximum
  • 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 maximum per site and no more than 6 visitors. Children under the age of 16 are not included
  • Swimming pool- no more than 50 people in a public swimming pool at any one time.
  • Cinema, theatres and other fixed seating- 50% of their standard capacity in patrons and ‘checkerboard’ seating arrangement

It is acknowledged how broad these restrictions are, but they are critical in dealing with the spread of COVID-19.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here:

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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