Stage three of South Australia’s eased restrictions kicks in today, after being brought forward from July 3. The new phase brings a simplified approach to social-distancing restrictions, dropping specific capacity limits in favour of a one-person-per-two-square-metre rule. Here’s what you need to know.

Eating, drinking and socialising
As of today, bars and restaurants and all public activities will no longer be subject to capacity limits and will instead adhere to the newly instated one-person-per-two-square-metre density rule (doubling capacity from the four-square-metre rule). The same rule applies to private gatherings.

Patrons in venues such as bars, pubs and clubs can also now stand up with a drink and have a drink at the bar. Most businesses and activities must have a Covid-safe plan. Larger events of more than 1000 people and events with both dancing and alcohol consumption will need to complete a Covid Management Plan.

Buffets, salad bars and shisha pipes remain prohibited.

Getting out and about
Previously prohibited activities and business will reopen – that includes food courts; gaming rooms in pubs and clubs; nightclubs and music festivals; casinos; spas and saunas; indoor play centres; and amusement arcades.

Entertainment venues such as galleries, museums, cinemas and theatres are no longer required to keep a contact tracing record. These venues and other businesses (such as beauty salons; gyms and fitness studios; and wedding, funeral and religious venues) no longer have a capacity limit, and will now adhere to the two-square-metre rule.

Gaming-machine venues, indoor fitness classes, indoor public meetings, personal-care services, ceremonies, auctions and house inspections will still need to keep a record of attendees.

All types of sport are now permitted and spectators will be subject to the two-square-metre rule.

South Australia has already opened its borders to Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. On July 20 remaining restrictions on New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Victoria will lift – subject to a public health risk assessment.

From Wednesday July 1 travellers to SA (including residents) should obtain pre-approval (from before arriving – this process will clarify whether or not they'll be required to quarantine upon entering the state. Though pre-approval isn't compulsory, travellers with pre-approval will be fast-tracked when crossing the border into SA.

SA Health strongly encourages people and businesses to practice physical distancing of 1.5 metres wherever and whenever possible 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.

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