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COVID-19 Update - 21 November 2020

The Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Public Activities No 12) Direction 2020 has been issued. This Direction comes into effect as of 12:01 am on 22 November 2020.

Please see the links below to access these directions.

Emergency Management (Public Activities No 12) (COVID-19) Direction (PDF, 4.2 MB) - 20 November 2020
Emergency Management (Public Activities No 12) (COVID-19) Direction (RTF, 275.1 KB) - 20 November 2020

In accordance with the Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Public Activities No 12) Direction 2020, the following FAQs apply as of 12:01 am on 22 November 2020.

Can I go to the gym?

Yes. Gyms are permitted to be open.

Can we go to a playgound?

Yes, you are permitted to go to a playground.

Are play cafes permitted to be open?

No. Play cafes are not permitted to be open.

Can I go to a trampoline centre or similar?

No. Trampoline centres or similar are not permitted to be open.

I play sport at a recreation centre. Is this permitted?

No. Sport at recreation centres is not permitted.

Is community sport cancelled?

Yes. Community sport (indoor/outdoor, contact/non-contact) is not permitted.

Are we allowed to do outdoor bootcamps?

Yes. Outdoor bootcamps, personal training and group physical recreation activities are permitted.

Outdoor fitness, is there a limit or cap on numbers in attendance?

No, but the 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies and 1.5m physical distancing is strongly encouraged.

If clients bring children to outdoor fitness are they included in numbers, and children expected to maintain distancing requirements?

There is no cap on attendees doing outdoor fitness sessions except, but the 1 person per 4 square metres rule still applies and 1.5m physical distancing is strongly encouraged.

Can we go swimming at our local/public pool?

Swimming is permitted for fitness or rehabilitation purposes at swimming pools used by the public.

Are swimming lessons allowed?

No. Swimming is only permitted for fitness, rehabilitation purposes or elite athletes at swimming pools used by the public.

Can I play golf/tennis?

Organised community sport is not permitted but you may play golf, or play tennis at a park, as recreational activities.

What’s the maximum number of people we can have playing recreational golf on our golf course?

The 1 person per 4 square metres rule applies, and the maximum number of golfers per group is 10 and 1.5m physical distancing is strongly encouraged.

What’s the maximum number of people we can have in our golf club rooms?

The maximum people permitted in your club rooms is 100. Food and beverages must be consumed whilst seated.

Can I go to a dance/yoga/pilates class?

Yes, classes or activities at gyms, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities and dance and pilates studios are permitted.

We own a Health practice which involves a physiotherapy which uses a rehabilitation gym, can we operate?

Yes, as long as the Gym is used for the provision of a Health Service.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days a week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19


COVID-19 UPDATE - 19 November 2020

A new Direction has been issued in relation to the Stay at Home requirements for South Australia as a Circuit Breaker to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

The Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Stay at Home) Direction 2020 has been issued. This Direction comes into effect as of Thursday 19 November 2020 and is applied alongside all other Directions that are currently in place under the Emergency Management Act 2004 (SA) but prevails where any inconsistencies may arise.

KEY FACTS
  • The Stay at Home period will begin at 12.01am on Thursday 19 November will end on 12:01am on Wednesday 25 November 2020. All people in South Australia will be required to Stay at Home for the entire period.
  • Community activities including business, professional, educational, academic, sport and recreation, exercise and government activities MUST STOP operation unless it is carried out in line with this direction or does not involve leaving the home.
  • Once the Direction commences people must travel as quickly as possible, but within 24 hours, via the most direct practical route home and must remain there for the entire period.
  • This does not apply if a person is otherwise advised by a medical practitioner to relocate. Similarly, this is not applicable to a person if they do not have a home to reside, if it unavailable or if the person is at risk of harm if they were to stay.
  • All gatherings are prohibited other than between those who ordinarily reside at the home or as part of an activity occurring in accordance with this direction.
ESSENTIAL WORKERS

A person may leave the home for the purpose of undertaking duties as an essential worker which are classified as those people who perform work which is essential for the continued operation of any of the following operations/businesses;

  • a blood bank (including blood collection and delivery);
  • air transport (including airports);
  • Australian Border Force and Commonwealth law enforcement and intelligence agency services;
  • bottle shop;
  • care services for people with particular needs because of homelessness, age, infirmity, disability, illness or chronic health;
  • childcare, early childhood education, primary/secondary schools;
  • consular and diplomatic services;
  • distribution centre;
  • emergency services being: ambulance services, firefighting services, medical retrieval services (including Royal Flying Doctor Services), military and defence services deployed activities in South Australia, paramedical services, police services and state emergency services;
  • essential health services;
  • essential infrastructure and essential services within the Essential Services Act 1981 (SA);
  • factory or facility (only operations which would otherwise cause damage to the plant and equipment);
  • financial institution;
  • freight services (including postal and courier services);
  • hardware store;
  • hotel or motel accommodation;
  • journalists and media services;
  • National Heavy Vehicle Regulator compliance activities;
  • organisations that provide urgent services necessary for the health and safety of any person, animal or premises (e.g. plumbing, Centrelink services and Foodbank);
  • pet store or veterinary clinic;
  • petrol station;
  • pharmacy;
  • post office;
  • primary industries (only to ensure adequate supply of food and care of crops and animals);
  • production and distribution of food for sale by supermarket/butcher/fruit/vegetable store/fishmonger other than production at a red meat abattoir, liquor sales at a bottle shop and medical and pharmaceutical products;
  • public transport (including taxis and other public passenger services);
  • state or local government services which are deemed essential by their Chief Executive;
  • supermarket, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger (but not an indoor or outdoor market);
  • truckstops and roadhouses, for transport and freight drivers; and
  • vehicle repair and mechanical services (including roadside assistance).
REASONS TO LEAVE HOME

One person (a dependent or person for whom the one person provides care can also attend) can leave their home for the purposes of obtaining an essential goods or service from a:

  • consular and diplomatic services;
  • distribution centre;
  • financial institution;
  • hardware store;
  • bottle shop;
  • pet store or veterinary clinic;
  • petrol station;
  • pharmacy;
  • post office;
  • supermarket, butcher, fruit and vegetable store or fishmonger (but not an indoor or outdoor market);
  • urgent services necessary for the health and safety or any person, animal or premises; and
  • vehicle mechanical services.

Shops defined above may open and close at any time for the purposes of essential goods or services.

People may also leave their home to:

  • access child care, primary or secondary education services if the child is that of an essential worker, resides in the care of the State or there are circumstances of vulnerability;
  • adhere to shared parenting arrangements (court or otherwise);
  • comply with a legal requirement at a place such as a police station, court or other home relating to justice or law enforcement;
  • donate blood;
  • ensure adequate supply of food, care and exercise to animals that are situated away from the home if no other person is available;
  • escape harm or risk of harm, including in relation to family violence or violence of another person at the home;
  • obtain essential health services;
  • provide care and support to a relative or other person due to their health or because of homelessness, age, infirmity, disability, illness or chronic health condition;
  • provide child-minding assistance so that the parent/guardian can leave to obtain essential goods or service and/or for the purpose of undertaking duties as an essential worker;
  • provide end of life support to an immediate family member;
  • undergo a COVID-19 test; and
  • undertake work as an essential worker.
  • ensure adequate supply of food to, and care and exercise of, animals that are situated away from home if no other person is available at that place to provide the food, care or exercise.

People may also leave their home in an emergency situation.

In doing so a person may use public transport for any of these purposes detailed above. They must travel to and from the location via the most direct and practicable means.

ESSENTIAL HEALTH SERVICES

Essential health services are provided under Schedule 1 of the Stay At Home Direction which can be found here and includes provisions for medical, dental and mental health services: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency.../stay-at-home

All directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

You will need to wait for further information in relation to this however, if you have any pressing questions in relation to COVID-19 information please contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19