Following the ease of some of South Australia’s COVID restrictions yesterday, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens has today given an announcement this afternoon regarding the state’s current COVID regulations.
The ease in a number of the state’s restrictions, including density capacity going back up to 1 per 2 square metres, and the recommencement of competitive sports will come into action in the early hours of Thursday this week.
A number of minor changes were made to the directions after a meeting this morning, including the prevention of those travelling through Sydney airport to South Australia. Those who have travelled through Sydney airport into South Australia will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days as well as undergoing testing on days 1, 5 and 13.
Stevens noted that this may affect people travelling from regional Queensland through Sydney airport who would need to reconsider their travel plans as the new direction is effective immediately.
The new direction does not currently affect anyone in transit but the Police Commissioner urger that SA residents currently in QLD should make every effort to return home as quickly as possible, and that there was no guarantee the restrictions would not be increased.
The number of community cases reported in QLD as well as high-risk exposure sites and close contacts would inform any future changes made to the restrictions.
A further change to the directions has been made regarding spectators attending community club sporting events.
Community sporting events cannot exceed 1000 spectators, and all spectators must stay outdoors, with masks required for everyone at the event. Spectators are also instructed to follow the new social distancing density requirements of 1 person per 2 sqm.
Unlike the immediate transit direction, these changes to spectator rules will not come into effect until 12:01am on Thursday.
The updated restrictions as of 12:01am Thursday 5 August is as follows:
- 50% capacity, 1per 2 square metres
- 1 per 4 square metres in gyms
- Sports may return for competition but some conditions with regards to number of spectators
- Home gathering capacity remains at 10
- Singing and dancing restrictions to stay in place
- Masks in high risk settings, personal care services, indoor public places, passenger transport services, healthcare services, theatres
- Masks are strongly encouraged everywhere else, including workplace common areas
- Weddings and funerals remain at maximum 50 people
COVID-19 TESTING SITE UPDATES
Bookings are required at Victoria Park Pakapakanthi from 10am-8pm (outside of these hours, bookings are not required).
When you book online, you may be placed in a virtual queue. This may happen when there is increased demand on the website.
Follow SA Health’s post on Facebook (link here) for the latest updates on testing sites impacted by the weather. To find an alternative COVID-19 testing site near you, please visit: sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting
ALL SOUTH AUSTRALIANS WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 SHOULD GET TESTED ON THE DAY SYMPTOMS APPEAR.
– Fever or chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
– An acute respiratory infection e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath
– Loss of smell or alteration in the sense of taste
– Diarrhoea and vomiting
For more information: SA COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787; sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.