On Monday, May 11 South Australia entered ‘Step One’ of a tentative easing of the COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place since March. Here’s what’s changed, and what you still need to observe.
- Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to resume outdoor dining, with strict restrictions (Maximum 10 patrons, no alcohol, 1 person per 4 square metres, minimise shared equipment)
- The soft ban on regional travel within South Australia will be lifted
- Universities and TAFE will resume face-to-face tutorials
- Local government libraries – not the State Library – can reopen (Maximum 10 patrons at a given time, register attendees, 1.5 metre social distancing, close interactive exhibitions and remove toys)
- Community, youth and RSL halls will be allowed to reopen
- Auctions (real estate and auction houses) and inspections will be able to resume (maximum 10 people, attendees must be registered, alternative entry and exit points where possible)
- Outdoor sports training can resume (Maximum 10 participants, non-contact only, minimise shared equipment)
- Cap on wedding attendees lifted to 10 people (including the couple, not the celebrant)
- Cap on funerals lifted to 20 people (indoor) or 30 (outdoor)
- Places of worship to reopen for private worship and small ceremonies (Maximum 10 attendees)
However, all the usual social distancing measures (maintaining a 1.5 metre distance from others, gatherings of 10 people or less), frequent and thorough handwashing and covering of coughs and sneezes remains incredibly important.
Additionally, South Australians are advised to stay home if they are showing even the slightest sign of illness, and to seek COVID-19 testing if their symptoms are cold or flu-like.
The second stage, tentatively slated to take effect from 8 June, will include the reopening of cinemas and theatres, beauty salons, galleries and museums, seated dining and gyms. Larger gatherings, pubs and bars, food courts and the relaxing of state borders however, are still some way off.
But above all, continuing to show a bit of common sense, caution and vigilance remains important. This first stage is part of a managed recovery, not an all-out return to our pre-COVID lifestyles – we’re not out of the woods just yet.
As of Sunday 10 May there have been a total of 439 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Australia, with only one active case remaining. Of that tally, 434 people have officially been cleared of the virus, with over 69,000 tests undertaken. Readers are advised to consult SA Health’s website for the latest information.