“Two weeks ago we were facing a real battle here in South Australia,” says SA Premier Steven Marshall, who today announced a couple of changes to the lockdown restrictions in the state. From midnight on Wednesday, August 4, restrictions around density in venues and gyms have been lifted. Venues will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity; gyms will be allowed to open with one person per four square metres; and competitive sport can resume.

A number of restrictions will remain in place, including wearing masks indoors. Home gatherings are capped to 10 people, singing and dancing is still banned, and caps remain in place for weddings and funerals.

“We know that this particular Delta strain is airborne and the transmissibility is very often airborne and so we are at a heightened risk and so we will be keeping with masks as we have had them for the last week for the foreseeable future,” says Marshall.

The news follows just one new case from an international arrival, who has been in quarantine. There are 28 active cases in the state. Anyone with symptoms is advised to get tested immediately.

From Thursday, South Australia’s restrictions are lifted to:
– 50 per cent capacity in venues;
– A density requirement of one person per four square metres in gyms;
– A cap of 10 people for household and private gatherings;
– A cap of 50 people at weddings and funerals, in accordance with density arrangements;
– Sports competitions can resume;
– A continued ban on public dancing and singing;
– Mandatory face masks in high-risk settings, at personal care and healthcare services, on passenger transport and in indoor public places;
– Seated consumption in bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – both indoor and outdoor.

For the latest advice, visit SA Health.