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COVID-19 Latest Updates

COVID-19 Latest Updates

Allowable Physical Activity Under COVID-19 Restrictions

General Information for sports, clubs, recreation organisations and individuals

As at 28/04/20

Information Source

In responding to enquiries, the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing is interpreting the Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 paper. This new Direction came into effect on 15 April 2020 at 11:00 am.

The associated Frequently Asked Questions are providing further clarity around the Directions.

This information can be found at: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations/business-closures

General Recommendations

Any recommendations provided by ORSR to the South Australian community to decrease the impact of the COVID-19 virus, are on top of the following general expectation that people will:

  • Cease non-essential activity and stay at home as much as possible.
  • Use high standards of hygiene.
  • Not gather in groups of more than 10.
  • Avoid gathering in groups of less than 10.
  • Adhere to the social distancing practice of keeping 1.5m from others.
  • Abide by the density requirements of 1 person per 4 metres squared.
  • Avoid sharing any equipment.
  • Stay in the local area as much as possible, which is within a 30-minute walk, a 10-minute bike ride or a 5-minute drive.

Closed Venues

Related to sport, recreation and physical activity, the Directions paper states that the following facilities must be closed at this time:

  • Buildings used by social and sporting clubs.
  • Facilities used primarily for indoor physical recreation.
  • Indoor premises at which boot camps and other personal training are offered.
  • Indoor sporting venues.
  • Public swimming pools.
  • Motor sport facilities and other racetracks (including any form of horse or greyhound racing).
  • Outdoor spaces associated with the above venues (such as verandas, outdoor bars and eating areas).


There are some exceptions to the above which includes:

  • Outdoor sporting and recreational venues, such as golf courses, tennis courts and playing fields.
  • Performances of small groups being recorded for broadcast (whether live or otherwise).
  • Public swimming pools used for non-recreational purposes such as supervised hydrotherapy, registered swimming club training and elite athlete training.
  • Boot camps or other personal training activities conducted outside.
  • The conduct of motor sports or other forms of racing (including any form of horse or greyhound racing) if no persons are present only as spectators.

Proviso of Exceptions

The exceptions outlined above are all provided that:

  • The total number of persons does not exceed 10.
  • The density requirement of 1 person per 4 square meters is followed.

Your Own Risk Assessment

The ORSR recommends that individuals, sports, clubs, organisations and businesses familiarise themselves with all aspects of the Directions paper before taking any action and undertake their own risk assessment in regard to the directives.

If asked by the police, individuals, sports, clubs, organisations and businesses may need to prove that their actions are adhering to the Directions paper, and provide their interpretation of the Directions related to the activity they are pursuing.

Directions Paper and FAQs

As the impacts and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic are rapidly changing, the Directions paper and FAQs are frequently updated. The latest information can be found at:


Essential Activities

The National Cabinet has advised people to remain at home with the exception for 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.


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.

Help Stop the Spread

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 28 April 2020. For the latest information, visit the SA Health website.

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