Roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions
The South Australian Government has released a Roadmap for Easing Covid-19 Restrictions with Step 3 coming into effect Monday 29 June 2020.
Step 3 is a simplified principle-based approach (except for some high-risk activities).
Important information for the easing of restrictions:
- Social distancing measures must still be followed. These have been changed to 1 person per 2 square metres.
- Physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people is still encouraged
- Businesses involved in a Defined Public Activity must complete a COVID-Safe Plan. If you already have a COVID-Safe Plan you will automatically be emailed an updated plan with revised capacity numbers.
- Some businesses will need to create a new Step 3 COVID-Safe Plan – see below.
Our Environmental Health Officers (EHO) are available to work with businesses to ensure you have the correct measures in place. If you would like assistance, please don’t hesitate to give the team a call on 8372 5111 and arrange a time for an EHO to meet with you.
Implementing social distancing and gathering measures will minimise the spread of COVID-19 and demonstrate to State Government that businesses are doing their part.
The State Government requires businesses that were previously directed to close, to complete a COVID-Safe Plan before you can reopen. Businesses that were allowed to re-open during Stage 1, as well cafes and restaurants that were permitted to be open for take away but not dinning prior to Stage 1, must complete a Plan by 1 June 2020.
It is essential to complete your COVID-Safe plan as this is a legally enforceable requirement. This Plan must be completed and made available in your business at all times.
Complete your COVID-Safe Plan
Step 3 COVID-Safe Plan
You only need to complete a new Step 3 COVID-Safe Plan if:
- You are re-opening for the first time
- You intend to open additional spaces to patrons or extend the floor space of existing rooms
- You are adding new activities to your plan, such as gaming.
Create your COVID-Safe Plan for Step 3
COVID Management Plan
A COVID Management Plan, approved by SA Health, will be required for:
- Any activity of more than 1,000 people
- Venues wishing to offer both dancing and consumption of alcohol.
You can operate with only a COVID-Safe Plan provided you do not meet either of these criteria. For example, limit patrons to under 1000, or do not facilitate dancing.
When you are completing a COVID-Safe Plan, you will be provided with the option to indicate that you would like to be contacted about the process for preparing a COVID Management Plan in future.
SA Health COVID-Safe Awards
The South Australian COVID-Safe Awards recognise and reward South Australian businesses and defined public activities who have demonstrated innovation and compliance with COVID-19 directions.
There are six award categories:
- Gyms and fitness
- Sport and recreation
- Cinemas, theatres and tourism operators
- Restaurants and cafes
- Pubs, hotels, clubs, wineries and breweries
- Personal care services.
To enter, businesses and defined public activities are required to submit a 300 word summary of how they have demonstrated innovation and compliance to be ‘COVID-Safe’ in their workplace.
To apply, businesses will need to be operating within South Australia and hold a current ABN.
A winner from each category will be awarded $5,000.
Nominations open now and close midnight Sunday 5 July 2020.
Find out more and apply
COVID -19 Business information and support - business.sa.gov.au
Advice, updates and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus including financial support from the South Australia and Commonwealth Government.
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