Updates made to public activities – Updated COVID-19 Directions, South Australia

Step 2 of the South Australian Road Map for easing COVID-19 Restrictions have now been formalised in a new Direction made by the State Coordinator, Commissioner of Police Grant Stevens.

The Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 replaces and revokes the Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 and the Emergency Management (Gatherings No 3) (COVID-19) Direction 2020, and takes effect on Monday 1 June 2020.

The Direction introduces an approach to the management of defined public activities, by requiring those persons who conduct defined public activities to complete a COVID Safe Plan before undertaking the activities.

The aim of this Direction is the incremental reintroduction of activities while maintaining the principles of physical distancing. It should be noted that this is Step 2 in the easing of restrictions that process with future steps for considerations detailed in the roadmap.

The Direction requires all defined public activities to comply with:

  • Density requirements of 1 person / 4 square metres, being applied to the area in which members of the public use. Employees, or persons undertaking official duties in relation to the defined public activities are not counted.
  • Maximum occupancy requirements where the total number of people engaged in a defined public activity in a place cannot exceed 80, with no more than 20 people in any single room or enclosed area. People employed or engaged in work or undertaking official duties are not counted in this number.
  • Physical distancing (previously known as social distancing) principles where persons present or occupying a place in which a defined public activity is conducted must take reasonable steps to apply the physical distancing principles.
  • Restriction on communal facilities where communal change rooms, showers, sauna and spa facilities at a place where a defined public activities takes place, must remain closed (expect toilet facilities).

Special compliance rules apply to particular defined public activities which include: onsite purchase and consumption of food and beverages, outdoor and indoor sports (including training), fitness and recreation activities, use of swimming pools by the public, indoor public meetings, ceremonies, personal care services, public entertainment, auctions and property inspections and driver instructions.

This Direction comes into at 0001hrs on Monday 1 June 2020.

Members of the public are urged to read each Direction in full. More information can be found here.

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