South Australian authorities have responded to the growing Parafield cluster by bringing into effect a raft of changes to both the state’s health advice and directives.
The changes represent the first time in months that SA has tightened restrictions.
Premier Steven Marshall introduced the revised restrictions by flagging that the changes were pre-emptive, telling reporters that “we’re not going to wait for the situation to deteriorate.”
No further cases have been added to the Parafield cluster as yet, with the total remaining at 17.
The Premier divided the changes into two categories: advice and directives.
The changes to the state’s health directives are:
- Gyms, recreation centres, trampoline centres and play cafes to be closed
- Community sports fixtures and training temporarily cancelled, both indoor and outdoor sports, contact and non-contact
- Boot camps can continue
- Funerals to be capped at 50 people (adhering to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule)
- Church services to be capped at 100 (adhering to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule)
- No changes to the current rules in place for weddings
- Maximum of 50 people for private functions at licensed venues
- Maximum of 100 per public licensed venues – no stand up consumption either indoors/outdoors
- Maximum of 10 people per restaurant/bar/pub bookings
- Private residences can host a maximum of 10 people
- Masks must be worn at beauty salons
- Masks will now also be mandatory in aged care facilities where physical distancing cannot be maintained
- Entertainment venues such as cinemas and theatres will have to abide by the 1 person per 4 square metre rule
International flights into Adelaide have now been suspended, effective immediately.
All public schools in South Australia are set to remain open under the current advice.
The changes to the state’s health advice include:
- People should wear masks where physical distancing is not possible (eg. on public transport)
- People should work from home, wherever possible
- No unnecessary travel should be undertaken
The Premier flagged that the changes to the state’s health directives are intended to last two weeks, however, could be lifted sooner.