South Australia has opened its borders with Victoria for the first time in months as it moves to lift a range of restrictions reintroduced upon the emergence of the first cases in the Parafield cluster.
Under the new rules, density caps have been largely reset to pre-cluster limits across South Australia, while a new QR-code system has been introduced to assist contact tracers during an outbreak.
The changes that came into effect at 12:01am this morning across the state are:
- A return to the 1 person per 4 square metre rule at hospitality venues.
- Weddings, funerals and private functions allowed to host 150 people.
- Stand-up consumption of alcohol and dancing will once again be permitted at weddings.
- Outdoor stand-up consumption of alcohol once again permitted at licensed venues, with a 1 person per 2 square metre density limit.
- Cinemas and theatres once again allowed to open at 50 per cent capacity.
- Gyms and swimming centres permitted to reopen
- Patron caps for venues to be lifted if they implement SA’s new QR-code system
- Home gatherings remain capped at 10 people
- Gatherings of over 1000 people and nightclubs will require an SA Health-approved COVID management plan
People looking to cross the border from Victoria will now be permitted to enter SA without the need to quarantine or apply for a permit.
Meanwhile, new directions from SA Health mean that those working in or visiting allied health, personal care and residential care facilities will be required to wear a mask on the from today.