Speaking this morning at a press conference, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said: “Effective immediately, hospitality venues can return to having one person per two square meters, with seated consumption.”
The transition committee met this morning in regard to what progress has been made with arrangements in relation to Parafield cluster.
Based on the state’s performance on using QR tracing technology (the state has seen over 1.1 million check ins with QR codes), and taking into account all social and economic factors, Commissioner Stevens said “this was the best course of action.”
He cited vulnerable employees, the time of year, and the state’s performance to date with the cluster, as the reasons behind the decision. All other restrictions will stay in place at this time, to be reviewed and assessed on an ongoing basis.
This relaxation applies exclusively to hospitality. Restrictions at gyms and other recreation facilities will continue to be assessed.
South Australian Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier was “pleased to announce zero new cases today.”
There are currently 272 people in quarantine, which Professor Spurrier said is an indication that we’re getting things under control.
3548 had been tested this week, which Professor Spurrier said was good, but she’d “like to see it a little bit higher.”
Professor Spurrier continued, “we do a survey every week asking people with respiratory symptoms if they’ve had a test and just over 50% of respondents had done that.”
She reiterated that anyone who has even mild symptoms, must get tested.
There had been significant concerns over the cases at the intensive english language institute, but everyone at that facility has now been tested, and all tests those tests have returned negative.
SA Pathology were able to tell Professor Spurrier that over 400 people had been tested in relation to the Woodville Pizza Bar, which Professor Spurrier said she felt encouraged by.
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- SA and rural NSW border opensFrom midnight tonight, travellers from rural NSW entering SA can do so without quarantining, but will be required to get tested on days one, five and 12.
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