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Updated COVID-19 Directions 2020- Public Activity No 5

28 Jul 2020 8:56pm

An update has been made to public activity restrictions in South Australia.

The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 5) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction comes into effect as of 0001 Wednesday 29 July 2020.

The new Direction provides an update to the restrictions currently in place for gatherings across South Australia.

A gathering of more than 50 people at a residential premise is now a prohibited gathering. A person must not allow, organise or attend a prohibited gathering at a residential premise.

Weddings (including the ceremony and reception) and funerals (including a wake) are only permitted where the number of people attending does not exceed 100, regardless of the venue. The person who conducts the activity must also comply with contract tracing requirements. Weddings and Funerals held at private residences must not exceed 50 people.

The Direction update has provided clarity surrounding the requirement of an approved COVID Management Plan before operation. An approved COVID Management Plan is required for:

  • A defined public activity (excluding personal care services, auctions and inspections for sale or rental, provision of recreational transport or driver instruction)  exceeding 1000 people (excluding staff) at a business, venue, activity or gathering; or
  • The onsite purchase or consumption of food or beverages at a place if expected to exceed 1000 people; or
  • Any ‘relevant licensed premises’ (other than a night club) exceeding 1000 people, at which dancing and consumption of alcohol is facilitated, where any part of the premises is used for the purpose of playing loud, amplified music and dancing or where the entertainment is of a sexually explicit nature; or
  • Any nightclub (as defined).

A COVID Management Plan must be submitted for a defined public activity, meeting or prescribed gathering and approved before the activity is conducted. This can be completed by the owner/manager of venue or person conducting/organising the public activity, meeting or prescribed gathering.

All approved COVID Management plans must be kept available for inspection by authorise officers and any members of the public involved in the public activity, meeting or prescribed gathering.

It is acknowledged that many restrictions still apply, but they are critical in dealing with the spread of COVID-19.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information 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 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at or