COVID-19 SA UPDATE: SAPOL Bans Gatherings Of More Than 10 People

It is prohibited to organise or attend a gathering or more than ten people, or a gathering of less than ten people in which the density requirements are not met.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 within South Australia, the State Coordinator – Commissioner of Police Grant Stevens, has made a direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004 relevant to the gathering of people during this current situation.

Key points of the direction include:

A prohibited gathering is a gathering of more than 10 persons or a gathering of 10 or less persons that does not comply with the density requirement, which is a requirement that the total number of persons present in a gathering must not exceed one person per 4 square metres.

The direction stipulates that a person who owns, controls or operates a place in the State of South Australia must not allow a prohibited gathering to occur at the place.

A person must not organise or attend a prohibited gathering at a place in the State of South Australia.

A person who is present at a gathering (whether or not a prohibited gathering) must use their best endeavours to comply with the social distancing principles (having regard to the all the circumstances).

A person who is present in a court or tribunal must comply with a reasonable direction of a sheriff’s officer given for the purposes of implementing the density requirement and the social distancing principles.

It is an offence to breach this direction.

More details, including powers of authorised officers and what does not include a gathering, can be found in the direction.

The public is urged to read the direction in full, which can be found here.


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