South Australia has set a date for when it will move to ease a raft of restrictions brought in to stop the spread of COVID-19 from a cluster in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

Premier Steven Marshall announced that the state’s border closure with Victoria will come to an end from Tuesday next week.

“The border restrictions which have existed with Victoria will be completely lifted as of midnight on Monday night next week,” Mr Marshall said in Friday’s daily COVID briefing.

The Premier went on to announce the easing of a range of restrictions that had been introduced upon the emergence of the first cases in the Parafield cluster last week.

A return to the previous 1 person per 4 square metres rule will inform the majority of physical distancing patron caps.

Restrictions to be lifted from Tuesday next week include:

  • 1 person per 4 square metre rule for indoor venues
  • Stand-up consumption of alcohol to be permitted once again, with a 1 person per 2 square metre rule
  • 150 people to be allowed at funerals
  • 150 people to be allowed at weddings with dancing and stand-up consumption of alcohol once again permitted
  • 150 people to be allowed at private functions

The home gathering cap of 10 people will remain in place for the time being.

The easing of restrictions on Tuesday coincides with the state government’s introduction of a contact tracing QR code scheme for businesses and hospitality venues.

The system will allow visitors to venues and businesses to “check-in” via the MySA Gov app using unique QR codes. It is hoped that the system will better accommodate contact tracers.

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