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Coronavirus Update – 31 March 2020

Coronavirus Update – 31 March 2020

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing is monitoring the situation with regard to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in South Australia and its impacts on sport and recreation across the state.

Stop the spread


The National Cabinet has imposed restrictions on non-essential social gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19).

The following facilities are now closed:

  • Indoor gyms and sporting venues
  • Outdoor gyms, public playgrounds and skate parks
  • Spa and massage parlours, excluding health related services such as physiotherapy
  • Amusement parks, arcades and play centres (indoor and outdoor)
  • Health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities, saunas, bathhouses and wellness centres and swimming pools
  • Community facilities such as community halls, libraries and youth centres, RSL and PCYC

In South Australia, the total number of persons participating in outdoor sporting and recreational activities, boot camps and personal training sessions cannot exceed 10 people and cannot exceed 1 person per 4 square metres.

Campsites along Recreational Trails are closed until further notice – refer to the National Parks, Forestry SA or local council websites for updates.

The National Cabinet has advised for people to remain at home with the exception of the following activities:

  • Shopping for what you need – food and other essential supplies provided that you do so as infrequently as possible
  • Medical care or compassionate reasons
  • To exercise (in compliance with the public gathering rules)
  • Work and education where it cannot be done remotely or online.

The prevailing advice is that if it is not absolutely essential to leave your home, don’t. Don’t travel long distances to exercise or shop – remain local and return home promptly.

These enhanced measures build on existing measures to slow the virus and save lives:

  • Where possible, keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Restrictions on entering aged care homes to protect older Australians.


The National Cabinet has also announced a $130 billion ‘JobKeeper’ wage package for the next 6 months.

  • Around 6 million workers will receive a flat payment of $1,500 per fortnight through their employer, before tax.
  • The payment will be open to eligible businesses that receive a significant financial hit caused by the coronavirus.
    • Eligible employers will be those with annual turnover of less than $1 billion who self-assess that have a reduction in revenue of 30 per cent or more, since 1 March 2020 over a minimum one-month period.
    • Employers with an annual turnover of $1 billion or more would be required to demonstrate a reduction in revenue of 50 per cent or more to be eligible.
    • Full time and part time employees, including stood down employees, would be eligible to receive the JobKeeper Payment. Where a casual employee who has been with their employer for at least the previous 12 months will also be eligible for the Payment.
    • An employee will only be eligible to receive this payment from one employer.
  • The first payments will be received by eligible businesses in the first week of May and backdated to 30 March.

The Prime Minister’s $66billion stimulus may offer significant relief to some sporting organisations. These measures include:

  • Not-for-profits and small businesses with a turnover less than $50million will receive a tax-free, cash payment of up to $100,000 (with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible companies); delivered by the ATO as a credit on business activity statements (BAS) from late April.
  • The Government is offering to guarantee unsecured loans of up to $250,000 for a term of up to three years. This comes on top of the banks deferring loan repayments for six months.
  • Changes to rules for creditors to instigate a bankruptcy/insolvency – they would need to have outstanding payments by a business/individual of $20,000 (up from $2,000). The company/individual will have longer to respond to the creditors' claims – increasing to 6 months (up from 21 days).

Changes have also been implemented for people who have lost more than 20% of their normal income (including casuals and sole traders):

  • Access will be provided to up to $10,000 of your superannuation savings in the 20/21 financial year.
  • Access to the Jobseeker Payment (formerly Newstart) will be made easier – with the waiver of the asset test and waiting period.
  • The payment will be temporarily increased to $550 per week.
  • Welfare recipients will receive another $750 once-off payment starting 13 July, in addition to the $750 once-off payment announced in stimulus package 1 – for payment in April.

Please consider the above points and talk to staff and coaches about what this could mean for them.


South Australian borders are now closed via a declaration of a ‘major emergency’ under the Emergency Management Act. Any person crossing one of 12 border crossings will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

SA Health are also recommending that people who have travelled interstate in the last seven days who have symptoms, should be tested at one of their testing centres.


You and your staff/volunteers can help minimise the risks of COVID-19 spreading within your community by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick or have a low grade fever (greater than 37.3 degrees). If you take medication, ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Self-isolate for 14 days if you are returning from overseas or interstate.
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Continue healthy habits: exercise, drink water, get plenty of sleep, and now is the time to quit smoking. Call the Quitline 137 848.
  • Don't wear a face mask if you are well.
  • Buy an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with over 60 per cent alcohol.
  • Get the flu shot (available April).
  • Shaking hands is not advisable.
  • If you are feeling unwell, avoid attending public gatherings or events.

For the virus to spread, extended close personal contact is most likely required. Close personal contact is defined as at least 15 minutes face-to-face or more than 2 hours in the same room.

If you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus disease, stay at home (self-quarantine).


If you are concerned, please call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

A SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line has been set up to provide support for South Australians feeling overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic – if you or someone you know needs to reach out, call 1800 632 753.

If you have any queries relating to COVID-19 and sport and recreation in South Australia, please email us via the button below.

The following information is correct as of 31 March 2020. For the latest information, visit the SA Health website.

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