The state government has announced new social distancing restrictions in response to ongoing concerns over Victoria’s Covid-19 outbreak.

From August 21, “Covid-safe marshalls” (appointed staff members) will be required in licensed venues, cafes, shopping centres, food courts, supermarkets, gyms and places of worship to ensure social distancing.

South Australia’s existing density requirements of one person per two square metres will remain in place.

The move has been “determined as an effective measure to ensure people’s compliance with physical distancing and hygiene requirements”, police commissioner Grant Stevens said in a press conference. He also warned that people would be “held to account for non-compliance”.

Cross-border communities will also face tighter restrictions. Victorians who live close to the border and currently have approval to enter SA to shop, to provide or receive care, or for education or employment will no longer be able to do so. Those people will now have to apply for approval under existing essential traveller rules. Exemptions will be granted to farmers with properties that cross the border, and students in years 11 and 12.

Restrictions on private gatherings, which are currently capped at 10 people, will be relaxed (slightly) to allow up to 10 visitors in addition to a home’s residents (a maximum of 20 in total). Private gatherings in venues other than a home or licensed premises will be capped at 100.

South Australia has had no new Covid-19 cases for five days.

SA Health strongly encourages people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres to minimise the spread of coronavirus. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, even if mild, get tested. Wash your hands regularly. If you’re concerned about visiting businesses or public spaces, or have questions about self-isolation and coronavirus testing, check the latest advice from SA Health.