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Commissioner Stevens issues direction to close businesses and venues

23 Mar 2020 4:14pm

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 within South Australia, a number of businesses and venues are required to remain closed to the public until further notice.

Acting on the advice of SA Health specialists, the State Coordinator, Commissioner Stevens has made a direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004.

This direction places restrictions on non-essential business and social gatherings and is now in force.

The following are required to remain closed to the public until further notice:

  • licensed hotels, bars and clubs (including nightclubs), including any premises operated under the following:
    • general and hotel licences;
    • on premises licences;
    • club licences;
    • production and sales licences
  • buildings used by social and sporting clubs
  • gymnasiums
  • indoor sporting venues
  • cinemas, function centre or entertainment venues of any kind
  • theatres and other places where live performances occur
  • casinos
  • restaurants and caf├ęs
  • places of worship
  • any venue to the extent that it hosts a weddings or conducts funerals
  • outdoor spaces associated with the above venues

In this direction, a member of the public includes the members of any club or association that owns; controls; or operates defined premises.

Restaurants and cafes are able to provide take-away food and drinks; however customers must not be allowed to consume items within the venues.

Funerals may still be conducted as long as the number of people present in any indoor space does not exceed 1 person per 4 square metres.

South Australia Police will be conducting proactive random checks on venues and those businesses which have been captured by these newly announced restrictions.

Officers will initially be concentrating efforts on major entertainment precincts but will use intelligence to identify the locations of other venue and business types that are also captured by the restrictions on places of social gathering.

Failure to comply with the direction is an offence with a maximum penalty of $20,000 per individual or $75,000 for a company.

This declaration will be in place for at least one month and will be reviewed as the situation progresses.