South Australia has eased COVID-19 restrictions today to the delight of the hospitality industry as dancing and singing are once again permitted and capacity limits are now more lenient.
It comes just one week after restrictions were reintroduced, with the state moving early to ensure an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta strain as seen interstate did not occur in SA.
As such, hospitality businesses can revert to the three people per four square metre rule, home gatherings can have a maximum of 200 people, and South Aussies can drink while standing up.
In addition, the requirement that visitors from Victoria get tested on arrival in SA has also been lifted, allowing for free travel between the two states.
SA Premier Steven Marshall says he is working closely with the Stadium Management Authority to ensure the AFL 'Showdown' between the Crows and Port Adelaide can go ahead on Thursday.
However, the state could have been in a very different situation were it not for the miner who returned to SA last weekend and followed health guidelines to a tee.
Marshall said he spoke with the miner and his family, who all tested positive to COVID-19, reporting that the group were in "extraordinarily good spirits".
"The reality is, if they hadn't got their test on Saturday morning, it came back negative, and they'd gone out into the public and ignored the restrictions were in place...we could have been in a very different situation in South Australia," Marshall said.
Updated at 3.09pm AEST on 5 July 2021.
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