South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall, joined by Minister for Health Stephen Wade, SA Police and SA Health provided an update on the state’s restrictions and plans for the June long weekend.
The Premier stated that the government has always seen two crises that have been occurring at a time, a health crisis and an economic crisis, the latter of the two has resulted in new changed to SA’s restrictions.
The Premier announced that as of Friday this week, all restaurants and cafes will be able to dine 20 individuals, 10 indoors and 10 outdoors, as well as sell alcohol to patrons.
And from Friday June 5, all pubs across the state will be permitted to open giving hardworking hoteliers and their patrons a much-needed economic and morale boost ahead of the long weekend.
They have also announced that the commencement of Stage Two in the government’s roadmap to recovery will be moved to Friday 5 June, prior to the June long weekend, instead of the originally slated Monday 8 June.
“And now, by bringing forward the ability for restaurants and cafes to offer indoor dining and serve alcoholic beverages to Friday, we will further support our hospitality sector as it recovers from the greatest economic challenge of our time,” Mr Marshall says.
“Hotels can also look forward to opening earlier than scheduled to capitalise on the entire June long weekend, which will bring a further economic and morale boost for South Australians.”
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens also announced that SA Police are recommencing testing for alcohol and drugs on the roads as of this Friday, when the service of alcohol in restaurants is once again offered.
Since the start of restrictions 27,000 drivers have been tested and 900 reported for drink driving.
Chief public health officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier also provided a COVID-19 case update, announcing that no new cases had arisen in the last 24 hours.
More to come.