Outdoor dining, regional travel, and auctions allowed in SA from Monday

Outdoor dining, regional travel, and auctions allowed in SA from Monday

South Australia will embark on its own roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions from Monday, allowing residents to return to a sense of normality in the State.

Restrictions will be lifted in three tranches in-line with the National Cabinet's guidelines announced today.

Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) says SA will return to a COVID-safe economy by July.

The roadmap takes into account South Australia's low case numbers to date and the State's already relaxed restrictions compared to other Australian states.

As of today 10 people are able to gather indoor and outdoor, retail is not restricted, social gatherings are allowed, and outdoor playgrounds are still open.

But from 11 May restrictions will be lifted including:

  • Regional travel
  • Uni and TAFE face-to-face tutorials
  • Outdoor dining for restaurants and cafes
  • Community, youth and RSL halls opened
  • Auctions and inspections
  • Local government libraries
  • Sport training (outdoor only)
  • Funerals
  • Worship, weddings and ceremonies
  • Pools (limits apply)
  • Campgrounds and caravan parks

Step 2 comes into play on 8 June, meaning 20 people max can gather indoor and outdoor and further restrictions will be lifted including:

  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Seated dining
  • Galleries and museums
  • Beauty, nails, tattoo, massage (non-therapeutic)
  • Driving instruction lessons
  • Gyms and indoor fitness
  • Funerals (50 max)
  • Sports transition to competition without spectators, including indoor sports

The State says it is considering further restrictions to be lifted including:

  • Larger gatherings
  • Licensed pubs and bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Shisha/hookah bars
  • International students returning
  • Casino and gaming venues
  • Stadiums and larger entertainment venues
  • Food courts
  • Spas and saunas
  • State border restrictions
  • Travel into protected communities

South Australia broke a two-week streak of no confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday with one new case, bringing the State's total to 439.

Updated at 2:57pm AEST on 8 May 2020.

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