South Australia is expected to forge ahead with its plans to further ease its COVID restrictions, despite a steady flow of new case from the Parafield cluster.
The state’s transition committee will meet today to discuss the further easing of restrictions. It is expected that, barring any major developments with the current cluster, authorities will look to implement the changes next Tuesday.
Premier Steven Marshall has repeatedly mentioned December 1 as his target to reopen the state with Victoria. More recently, Mr Marshall has also predicted that restrictions would return to a pre-Parafield cluster level on that date.
That would mean that bans on community sport, recreational swimming in public pools and caps on numbers at church services, funerals, weddings, private gatherings and hospitality venues would be raised.
However, reopening the borders with our eastern neighbours might not be that simple, with Victoria having recently implemented a permit system for anybody travelling over the border from SA.
Prior to the emergence of the Parafield cluster, Victoria was the last remaining state from which SA had restrictions on travel.
The hospitality industry is pushing for the removal of several restrictions which were introduced last week, including a return to stand-up consumption of alcohol and raising the existing caps on capacity in venues.
Currently in SA, hospitality venues are restricted to a maximum capacity of 100 people with a maximum of 10 people per booking.
The expected lifting of restrictions would coincide with the government’s planned introduction of a new QR code contact tracing system across the state.
The system will allow South Australians to “check in” to businesses and venues with a COVID management plan by scanning a QR Code upon entry in the MySA Gov app. Data from users will then be kept for 28 days to allow contact tracers to better identify potential transmission of the virus.