Restrictions ease in hospitality sector with stand up consumption now permitted

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens addressed the South Australian public this afternoon with the latest information on the evolving COVID-19 situation in SA.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens addressed the South Australian public this afternoon with the latest information on the evolving COVID-19 situation in SA.

He announced that following this afternoon’s COVID-Ready meeting, there are a number of restrictions lifted in for the hospitality sector.


From 12:01am Saturday February 26, hospitality venues will be able to operate at 50% capacity indoors with standup consumption allowed. Hospitality venues will be able to operate at 75% if it is an only seated venue.

If it is a combination of seated and standing, venues will be able to operate with 50% capacity indoors. Buffets are now permitted and there are no changes to outdoor hospitality.

For private functions at hospitality venues, they can have a 50% capacity with a maximum of 150 people. Stand up consumption, dancing and singing will now be allowed in these settings. Stevens said the same conditions apply to private activities in non-hospitality venues, excluding residential premises which remains at 50 people max.

For outdoor events not related to hospitality, fully-seated outdoor events may operate without density restrictions.

Stand up or a combination of stand up and seated events can operate at 75% capacity. For events that cater to 1000 or more patrons, all other requirements of covid-management still apply.

For fully seated indoor events, events may operate at 75% capacity. A combination of seated and standing events may operate at 50% capacity.

“These changes have come about as a result of the current situation of COVID-19, the vaccination rates, hospitalisation rates, and the case numbers that are being monitored on a daily basis,” Stevens said.

“The main consideration for us is the hospitalisation rates and ensuring that our health system is able to cope with additional cases in the community, and whilst we may have seen fluctuations in case numbers in SA, we haven’t seen that specifically translating to ongoing and increasing admission rates into hospitals – so that’s the key driver here.”

Stevens said there had been no discussion on the relaxation on the requirement to wear masks, but this is something that will be considered in the future.


The announcement comes as 1,735 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in South Australia today. There are currently 14,826 active cases in South Australia.

Sadly, there has been three people pass away while positive with COVID-19, including a man in his 60s, and two men in their 80s.

There are 142 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including 13 people in ICU, and four people requiring a ventilator.

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