SA tightens restrictions, QLD eases

18 November, 2020 by Andy Young

COVID-19 restrictions for hospitality venues in South Australia have been tightened following the “small rise” in cases linked to the state’s cluster.

SA Health has identified almost 50 potential transmission sites for the cluster, while thousands of tests have been conducted in the state as authorities look to get on top of the outbreak. SA Premier Steven Marshall said the current testing numbers were “extraordinary” and called on South Australians to remain patient.

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“We are asking people of South Australia to work with us in this situation,” he said. “If we continue to act like this, we will get on top of this cluster.”

The cluster has seen changes to restrictions for hospitality venues in the state with attendance at pubs, clubs and restaurants capped at 100 people per venue. Density requirements are back to one person per four square metres, and the consumption of drinks while standing, both indoors and out is again banned.

There is also a maximum booking size of 10 people per group, with seated dining only. All venues must have a COVID-Safe Plan and are required to complete tracing records.

While SA has tightened restrictions, in Queensland there have been no locally acquired new cases for more than two weeks, which has seen the state’s government ease restrictions.

The state’s pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can now accept one person per two square metres and seated ticketed venues are increased to 100 per cent capacity with patrons wearing masks on entry and exit.

Outdoor events can increase capacity to 1500, with a COVID-Safe Event Checklist, while outdoor dancing – including in beer gardens – is once again allowed.