Adelaide’s nightclubs have been banned once again from opening up their doors following what has been described as a “disappointing” weekend.

The city’s nightclubs had been allowed to reopen under the third stage of easing restrictions providing certain safeguards were implemented.

Guidelines for clubs’ operations included social distancing measures inside and a blanket ban of alcohol on dance floors.

However, the state’s Police Commissioner Grant Stevens says that images of crowded dance floors has sent them back to the drawing board when it comes to how they manage nightclubs.

“Anybody who sees vision of the crowds’ behaviours in and around these venues would identify that there was no efforts to socially distance,” Commissioner Stevens told 7News.

Police visited over 100 venues across the weekend, with multiple warnings issued.

Venues will now be shutdown again and invited to apply to reopen under strict guidelines.


A requirement of clubs being allowed to reopen will include submitting an approved management plan to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to.

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