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Updates to Non-Essential Business and Other Activities - Updated COVID-19 Direction

10 May 2020 6:01pm

The Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 will be revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Non-Essential Business and Other Activities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction comes into effect at 12:00 am on Monday 11 May 2020.

The new direction now introduces a number of changes to the restrictions to business and other activities.
The main changes relate to the following:

Outdoor sporting and recreational venues now permitted to conduct activities and members of the public now permitted to participate providing:

  • 10 or less participating
  • 1 caregiver may remain per participant
  • Activity is non-contact
  • Multiple groups of 10 can participate e.g. on a sporting ground so long as density requirements and appropriate distancing are adhered to

Recreational swimming is now permitted providing:

  • 10 or less participating
  • 1 caregiver may remain per participant
  • 1 swimmer per lane
  • Change and shower facilities not permitted to be used but toilets can

Restaurants and cafés (holders of a restaurant and catering licence) can open and provide seated meals providing:

  • Patrons are seated outdoors
  • No more than 10 patrons
  • Density and social distancing requirements are adhered to
  • Alcohol must not be consumed on the premises

Funerals - permitted attendance increased to 30 outdoors and 20 indoors.

Weddings - permitted attendance increased to 10.

As a general rule, people involved in the provision of a service or activity relevant to the new exemptions are not to be counted in the gathering numbers.  This includes boot camp instructors, priests, celebrants, café and restaurant workers, coaches, etc.

A copy of the direction, frequently asked questions and other information is available here.

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at or