COVID-19: Latest Restrictions

Individual State and Territory Governments continue to have COVID-19 restrictions in place. Here are the latest updates:

Returning to Business in SA - Stay at Home Directions Removed

The Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Stay at home no 3) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced with the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 12) (COVID-19) Direction 2020.

It is important to note that certain 'defined activities' will require a COVID-Safe Plan and may require social distancing of 1 person per 4 square metres or contact tracing records.

  • Onsite consumption of food and beverages whether occurring in an indoor or outdoor area - Roadhouses and service stations (Plan + 1 person per 4sqm)
  • Indoor public meetings (Plan + 1 person per 4sqm + keeping contact tracing records)
  • The provision of recreational transport - Bus and coach operators - (Plan only - distancing requirement not applied)

If you need to create a COVID-Safe Plan, please click here.

Contact tracing records for public meetings require the following to be recorded either in writing or electronically:

  • the time and date of the activity
  • the name of the person attending
  • the phone number or email address of person attending.

SA Health continues to strongly recommend the following advice:

  • Get tested if you feel unwell or show symptoms
  • Work from home where possible
  • Encourage vulnerable people to stay at home
  • Avoid having visitors at home
  • Avoid unnecessary travel
  • Masks are not mandatory but are recommended where it is not possible to physically distance, e.g. public transport

The removal of these restrictions are a positive step, but we are not out of the woods yet.

Members are reminded to continue to practice social distancing, as well as wash hands regularly with soap or hand sanitiser. Any staff who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should be directed to self-quarantine and should not return to work until a negative test result has been received.

The SA Government is encouraging everyone that if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, to please get tested.

Testing locations across Adelaide can be found on the SA Health website: sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting

Patients who meet the following clinical criteria can be tested for COVID-19:

  • fever OR chills with no alternative illness
  • an acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath)
  • loss of taste and smell
  • fatigue

More information can be found on the SA Health COVID-19 website

Travel within SA

Travel within most of South Australia is unrestricted, although people are advised to avoid unnecessary travel.

Some restrictions are currently in place in the APY Lands.

Travelling to SA

Anyone planning travel to SA must complete a Cross-Border Travel Registration.

This includes:

  • people entering from states in the Low Community-Transmission Zone (ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, TAS and WA)
  • essential travellers entering from Victoria
  • SA residents returning home from any other state other than Victoria, regardless of how long they were interstate

You should aim to complete the Cross-Border Travel Registration at least 14 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins.

You will be notified by email of your status within 72 hours and given a unique number. You will need to produce this number when crossing the border.

You must not travel until you have received:

  • a written approval to travel; and
  • written advice specifying the date of travel and specific quarantine arrangements.

Travellers from Low Community-Transmission Zone states:

  • are not required to be tested for COVID-19
  • are not required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival into SA

Travel from Victoria

The South Australian border with Victoria is closed until December 1.

Certain people may be deemed Essential Travellers based on their need to travel to SA.

The categories of Essential Travellers are listed in the Essential Traveller Schedules 1 and 2 on the Government's Cross Border Travel Direction page.

Different conditions apply to different categories of Essential Travellers - refer to the Essential traveller table.

All Essential Travellers are still required to complete the Cross-Border Travel Registration

A person is eligible for Cross Border Community Member status if they reside within 70km of the South Australian/Victorian border.

Cross-border community members can travel up to 70km into SA or VIC, for any reason, from their point of entry into the relevant state.

From Sunday 22 November 2020, cross border community members will need to display a cross border approval or drivers licence with an address within 70 kms. For more information check Victorian Border Crossing Permits.

Travel to the NT

Anyone planning to travel to the Northern Territory must complete a Border Entry Form.

Anyone arriving in the NT from or through a declared hotspot in the last 14 days must undertake 14 days mandatory supervised quarantine. A full list of declared hotspots is available here.

Travelling Interstate

If you want to travel to another state, check the rules of the state you wish to travel to before you leave. Not all state travel arrangements are reciprocal.

The Healthdirect COVID-19 Restriction Checker provides links to each state's travel restrictions.