Kegs are being rolled in, fridges stacked and beer lines cleaned as hotels across South Australia prepare for the return of customers to their front bars for a beer on Monday.
“A quick drink in the pub after work is a great part of our social life and it will be fantastic to welcome that back from Monday,” said Premier Steven Marshall.
“The reopening of pubs and clubs for a quiet drink is also great news for our brewers, publicans and suppliers and the tens of thousands of South Australians they employ.
“We are opening up South Australia as fast as we possibly can whilst protecting South Australians from the possibility of a second wave of infections.
“But I need to stress to people looking forward to a drink in a front bar, maintain social distancing, wash hands thoroughly and stay home if you are sick.”
“As part of our plans to guard against the return of coronavirus businesses need to create a COVID-Safe Plan before June 1st.
“The COVID-Safe Plan is an important tool for businesses to help keep their staff, their customers and the wider community safe as they reopen their doors.
“I urge all businesses to complete a COVID-Safe Plan whether legally required to or not.
“South Australian’s response to the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic has been outstanding but we will need to continue to modify our behaviour if we are going to keep the virus at bay.
“I’m convinced South Australian businesses overwhelmingly understand the importance of complying with the requirements in helping keep COVID-19 under control.
“The fact that more than 350,000 people have died world-wide in the few short months since COVID-19 appeared is testimony to just how infectious and dangerous this virus is.
“We must not allow our success to date to lull us into a false sense of security as COVID-19 has the ability to spread like wild fire if we abandon social distancing, let our hygiene standards slip or fail to stay home when we fall sick.
“The six principles that underpin the COVID-Safe Plan are designed to limit the likelihood of community transmission of coronavirus, when cases appear in the future.
“COVID Safe-Plans are a crucial component of enabling South Australia’s economy to reopen in a safe and sustainable fashion.”