The Advertiser reports that almost 100 public Summer events have been given formal COVID-safe approval in South Australia.

Official figures show 91  COVID “management plans” have been approved and put in place for “high risk” activities such as gatherings at nightclubs and events with crowds of 1000 or more.

In the list, the occasions are said to include 43 sporting events, 41 major events and more.

One upcoming event that is being honed in on is the celebrations going in to the New Year, namely New Year’s Even events with the state’s COVID-19 Chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier warning against complacency.

Professor Spurrier has also praised businesses and event operators for “innovative” ways to host COVID-safe summer and festive events.

Some of these include smaller-scale music festivals, during which patrons can buy tickets and dance in their own private pod or boutique-style events that also allow dancing.

SA Health this week relaunched night-time activity approval of dancing and drinking alcohol, but it sparked a backlash from the nightclub industry.

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Recent easing of restrictions has included home gatherings capped at 50 people, stand-up drinking in pubs, clubs and bars as well as private events for up to 200 patrons that allows for dancing while consuming alcohol.

Best keep kissing strangers, dancing in the street and hyper-behaviour to a minimum this year!

This article originally appeared in The Advertiser.

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