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Appropriate Surgery Direction to be revoked tonight - Updated COVID-19 Direction

13 May 2020 6:18pm

The State Coordinator previously made a Direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004 to limit surgery to emergency surgery only. As a result, the Emergency Management (Appropriate Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic No 4) Direction 2020 was put in place.

This Direction will be revoked tonight, 13 May at 11:59pm.

Under the former Direction, only essential elective and emergency surgery was permitted in South Australia.

Revoking the Direction means that all types of surgeries, including elective, cosmetic surgery and dentistry, will legally be permitted in South Australia once the update comes into effect.

Social distancing restrictions and density requirements of one person per four square metres still apply.

Members of the public can read the Direction in full here. Other existing Directions can be found here.

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 8am to 8pm seven days a week or go to the SA Health website at or