New restrictions affect sizes of gatherings, food and drink services

CHANGES: Residential properties will be unable to accommodate more than 10 people at one time, and people will need to be seated when consuming food and beverages.
CHANGES: Residential properties will be unable to accommodate more than 10 people at one time, and people will need to be seated when consuming food and beverages.

With the fear of a second waving coming to South Australia increasing each day, the State Government made the tough decision to tighten restrictions on Wednesday.

The new restrictions will affect residential private gatherings and the service of food and drink, with the aim of the updated changes to stop the potential spread of COVID-19 throughout the state.

Gatherings of more than 10 people at a residential property will now be prohibited under the new restrictions.

People who allow, organise or attend a prohibited gathering at a residential address will run the risk of being issued a fine.

Businesses recently have been able to operate under a significant amount of normality, but the recent changes will force them to relinquish some of that freedom.

Updated restrictions will still allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed by spectators at sporting events, but they must remain seated when doing so.

Food and beverages (including alcohol) must also be consumed by patrons while seated at tables that are physically separate from any bar or are where orders are taken.

At recreational facilities (eg mini-golf, tenpin bowling etc), food and beverages must be consumed at an area separate from a bar/where orders are taken and within the group that are attending the facility.

Any shared equipment and frequently touched surfaces at a recreational facility must be cleaned between use by different individuals or groups.

SA Police stated 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: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

For further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on: 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm, seven days per week.

People can also go to the SA Health website at: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

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