Police update: To COVID-19 public activities, South Australia

This Emergency Management (Public Activities) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction comes into effect at 0001hrs on Friday 19 June 2020.

The Direction requires those persons who conduct defined public activities to complete or update a COVID Safe Plan before undertaking the activities, with a grace period of a completed plan until 21 June 2020.

The Direction requires all defined public activities to comply with:

*Density requirements of 1 person per 4 square metres, being applied to the area in which members of the public use. Employees, or persons undertaking official duties in relation to the defined public activities are not counted. Vehicles or other movable places may not exceed 20 people or the maximum capacity of that vehicle.

*Maximum occupancy requirements where the total number of people engaged in a defined public activity in a place cannot exceed 300, with no more than 75 people in any single room or enclosed area, excluding people employed, engaged in work or undertaking official duties.

*Physical distancing principles where persons present or occupying a place in which a defined public activity is conducted must take reasonable steps to apply the physical distancing principles.

*Communal showers, sauna and spa bathing facilities at a place where a defined public activity takes place must remain closed (except toilet and changeroom facilities).

Changes of note to defined public activities and special compliance rules include:

*Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by spectators at sporting events if the spectator remains seated.

*The public are permitted to play keno and bingo at hotels and clubs whilst seated.

*Patrons of hotels and clubs can play billiards and darts but must separate the activity from the consumption of food and beverages.

*Public assembly is introduced as a defined public activity but does not require COVID Safe Plan or contact tracing records.

It should be noted that It should be noted that indoor sports (including training); fitness and recreation activities where the activity is a group class at a gymnasium, health club, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities and dance and pilates studios the number of participants can be;

(A)Over 11 people, up to 20 people per room, provided the room can cater for 1 person per 7 square metres; or

(B)Up to 10 people per room, provided the room can cater for 1 person per 4 square metres.

Vehicles used as transport for disability, aged care, residential care, childcare, school, university or other educational institution are now excluded from the prohibited gatherings definition.

It is acknowledged how broad these restrictions are, but they are critical in dealing with the spread of COVID-19.

Further information is available from https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/

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