In a press conference on Wednesday morning, Premier Steven Marshall announced South Australia’s bars and pubs will be allowed to reopen for dine-in service on June 5.
The government’s previous roadmap had South Australia’s stage two restrictions beginning on June 8. The date has been brought forward to enable some venues to operate over the long weekend.
“We know that it would be great for regional South Australia, we know it would be great for businesses in metropolitan Adelaide,” Marshall said.
The changes will come into effect on a "principles-based approach", meaning it won't be one-size-fits-all. The guidelines will be released before June 5.
Restrictions have also been adjusted for cafes and restaurants, which will be able to open for indoor dining for up to 10 people (another 10 are permitted to sit outside) from Friday May 22. And alcohol is back on the menu. The government has since confirmed these changes apply to venues that operate under a restaurant and catering license and not a small venue license – which shuts out many CBD venues, including 2KW, Peel St and Leigh Street Wine Room.
Venues will still be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines of one person per four square metres.
This article was updated on Friday May 22 to reflect the government's clarity around liquor licenses.