Activities – General and Associated Directions 20 July 2021, South Australia

A new Direction has been developed: Activities – General Direction

The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 29) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 has been revoked and replaced by the new Direction titled Emergency Management (Activities – General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 and Emergency Management (Activities – Associated No 1) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 which came into effect at 12.01am on Tuesday 20 July 2021.


The purpose of the Activities – General Direction is:

  • To put in place a range of basic control measures that will apply generally to public activities and gatherings while the Major Emergency declaration remains in force; and
  • To allow for other levels of control measures to be put in place, from time to time, by associated directions (as and when necessary).

The Activities – General (COVID-19) Direction 2021 adopts a levels approach graduating in requirements proportionate with the risk of transmission of COVID-19:

  • No-Level – Baseline requirements – This is a maintenance level through the application of basic COVID Safe requirements.
  • Level 1 – Prepare and Assess – The disease is contained in South Australia.
  • Level 2 – Low Restrictions – The disease is contained in South Australia however it is within the Australian community which is potentially cause risk to South Australia.
  • Level 3 – Medium Restrictions- there is a medium risk that the disease is not contained within South Australia.
  • Level 4 – High Restrictions – there is a high risk that the disease is not contained within South Australia.
  • Level 5 – Stay at home – it is likely that the disease is not contained within South Australia.

Depending on the level that is declared for South Australia will dictate density requirements, gathering numbers and what activities are permitted as detailed in the Public Activity requirements chart found here:

Key concepts introduced in this Direction include:

  • COVID Safe requirements
  • Density requirements
  • Food and beverage consumption requirements
  • COVID Management Plans
  • Shisha restrictions
  • Private activity caps (10, 50, 150 maximum capacity)
  • Masks requirements
  • Sports and activities restrictions and closures
  • Stay at home restrictions
  • Closure of community activities
  • Reasons to leave home during Level 5 stay at home restrictions.

All requirements which apply for specific businesses please refer to the table for details:

Activities-Associated Direction No 1

This Direction acts as an appendix to the Emergency Management (Activities-General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021. It prescribes the level of restrictions (as articulated in the Emergency Management (Activities-General) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 for South Australia.

The Associated Direction may apply generally or within specified areas within the State.

Associated Direction No 1 declares the State of South Australia is subject to level 4 restrictions, effective 12.01am Tuesday 20 July 2021.

Level 4 restrictions include:

Density Requirements

The following density requirements apply:

  • Indoor or Outdoor Place- 1 persons per 4 square metres

People must use their best endeavours to implement physical distancing and remain 1.5m from people they do not know.

Note- The occupier/owner of a place must calculate the density requirements based on the space available for members of the public to use for the defined activity (not including bathrooms etc). Staff and staff areas are not calculated.

Gathering Provisions

The following gathering provisions apply:

  • Gathering/Function at a Relevant Licenced Premises (eg wedding, funerals, party)- 1 person per 4 sqm and the capacity is defined by the space.
  • Private Residence- Cap of 10 people at a private activity (excluding people who ordinarily reside at a premises). For example, where 4 people live at a house they are permitted to have an additional 10 visitors, allowing a total of 14 people (4 residents and 10 visitors).
  • Gathering/Function at a Private Place- 10 people maximum, 1 person per 4 sqm.
  • Gathering/Function at a Relevant Licenced Premises- 1 person per 4 sqm and the capacity is defined by the space.

Note- Children and infants of any age are counted in the above gathering and density provisions.


Masks must be worn in the following locations:

  • passenger transport services
  • shared indoor public places
  • health care services
  • high risk settings

The following activities are restricted:

  • Essential Retail Services are permitted to open.
  • Casinos and Gaming rooms are closed.
  • Dancing- is only permitted by the bridal party at a wedding.
  • Singing- is only permitted for the purposes of education or individual lesson.
  • Shisha/Hookah is not permitted.
  • Personal Care Services- including services at hairdressers, barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons and tattoo parlours, wellness centres, day spas and massage parlours, saunas and bathhouses are not permitted.
  • Public Entertainment- including concert, live theatre or other live performance, cinema, galleries, museums, publicly accessible historic sites, zoos and other wildlife animal parks or any other place of entertainment that is open to members of the public are not permitted.
  • Indoor fitness facilities are closed.
  • Team, club and competition sports are not permitted, except as part of a school curriculum and not involving interschool activities.
  • COVID Management Plan events are not permitted.

Consumption of Food and Beverages

Food or beverages which are served for consumption at venues (including pubs, cafes, clubs, restaurants, wineries, etc.) can only consumed while seated outdoors. Communal food and beverages are not permitted. Takeaway is permitted.

Essential Retail

The following places are deemed essential retail and are permitted to open under level 4 restrictions:

  • Retail and wholesale sale of food, beverages, newspapers and stationery in non-specialised and specialised stores, including takeaway food or beverages;
  • Retail sale of household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences and businesses;
  • Pharmacies, chemists and retailers providing pharmaceuticals, or pharmaceutical or dispensing services;
  • Services provided by opticians and optometrists;
  • Retail sale of medical and orthopaedic goods in specialised stores;
  • Retail fuel stations and heating fuel providers;
  • Retailers involved in the sale or repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles or bicycle repair and related facilities (e.g. Tyre sales and repairs);
  • Retail sale of essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including animal feed and medicines, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding;
  • Laundries and drycleaners;
  • Banks, post offices, courier services and credit unions;
  • Retail sale of safety supply stores (for e.g. Work clothes and personal protective equipment);
  • Hardware stores, builders’ and timber merchants and stores that provide hardware and garden products necessary for home and business maintenance, sanitation and farm equipment, supplies and tools essential for gardening/farming/agriculture;
  • Retail sale of office products and services for individuals working from home and for businesses;
  • Retailers providing electrical, it and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home;
  • Retail online and phone ordering services and services for the collection or delivery of orders;
  • Stores that primarily sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies;
  • Car-hire premises; and
  • Retail services specified as essential, in writing, by the State Co-ordinator.

Members of the public are reminded that other requirements in relation to COVID Management/Safe Plans, COVID Marshals, QR Codes and Physical Distancing still apply

The information above only highlights the key content of the Direction and does not reflect all requirements. Members of the public are encouraged to read the both Directions for further information on current restrictions.

For all existing Directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here:

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at or

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