While New Year’s Eve will look a little different this year, South Australia Police (SAPOL) will still be out and about across the state to keep the community safe by providing a highly visible presence.
Traditional New Year’s Eve major events, including fireworks at midnight, have been cancelled across most of the state. However, cancellation of fireworks doesn’t mean the cancellation of fun as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations and SAPOL is encouraging people to celebrate- but to celebrate safely and responsibly. Below are some of the key COVID-19 requirements to keep in mind:
*50 people maximum at your house at any one time whether it be indoors or outdoors (including children and infants).
*No more than 200 people at private gatherings outside the home.
*1 person per 2 square metres.
*Use the QR Codes when attending various venues
*Keep your distance from groups of people that you do not know.
*Remember to wash your hands often, stay at home if you are sick and cover your cough or sneeze.
Police Commander for New Year’s Eve, Assistant Commissioner Ian Parrott understands many people will be keen to celebrate the closing out of a year that has been particularly challenging, however safety must be front and centre of people’s minds.
“Don’t ruin a good night by being irresponsible which could mean your celebrations are cut short and you end up in hospital or police custody.”
“Plan ahead early and make sure someone knows what your plans are. Look out for those around you and drink responsibly. Police patrols will be out on the night across the state to keep people safe whilst they celebrate. In addition, police will be conducting major drink and drug driving operations throughout the night and well into the morning. Police will also be monitoring for any breaches of COVID-19 Directions and taking action as necessary, which in some cases, could result in an hefty expiation notice.”
SA Ambulance is also keen to see that people stay safe during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
“We want everyone to have a great time this New Year’s Eve. While there are limited community events this year and it’s important to remember to be COVID-19 safe, there are other considerations too and we don’t want people spending the night being treated by ambulance clinicians”, SA Ambulance Commander, Rob Elliott said.
“SA Ambulance Service is well prepared for New Year’s Eve. We have around 50 additional resources in place, including double crewed ambulances, single response paramedics, as well as additional staff working in our Emergency Operations Centre.
“If you’re drinking alcohol, keep well hydrated with water between drinks and stay well away from the roads. Stay safe, look after your mates and help us to ensure that our ambulance crews are available to respond to those with life threatening emergencies and urgent medical needs.”
South Australia is currently in a Fire Danger Season and people are reminded the private use of fireworks is illegal, dangerous and can potentially start a fire. Scrub or bushfires which is exactly what we don’t need this time of the year in South Australia.
Minister Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Vincent Tarzia acknowledges that South Australians have done an outstanding job throughout the year to help keep our state safe during an extremely trying and difficult time.
“I know many are looking forward to celebrating the end of what’s been one of our toughest ever years but I encourage everyone to do so responsibly.”
“Let’s continue listening to the expert health advice and kick off the new year with the same strength and resilience we’ve shown throughout 2020.”
Members of the public are reminded to report any suspicious behaviour to 131 444, and be extra vigilant in crowded places.
In addition, the COVID-19 Information Line can be reached on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm, 7 days per week or visit www.sa.gov.au/covid-19 for more information.