Work is underway across all levels of government is response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Details of initiatives that may impact on liquor licence holders, as well as initiatives announced by the Government of South Australia to support the sector during this time can be found here.
The South Australian Government is introducing COVID SAfe Check-In, to enhance contact tracing and keep our community COVID safe.
If someone in South Australia tests positive to COVID-19, the COVID SAfe Check-In enables SA Health to quickly contact others who may have been exposed to the virus and stop the spread of COVID-19.
COVID SAfe Check-In is a new feature that has been added to the free mySA GOV app.
From 1 December, all defined public activities must have a COVID Safe Plan. Businesses who already have a COVID Safe Plan will receive a new COVID Safe Plan via email that includes a poster with a unique QR code.
This must be printed off and displayed in a prominent location within the business. Venues are also encouraged to laminate the posters and place them on each table allowing attendees to take a seat to scan the QR code. This may assist in reducing the number of people gathering at entrance points. There is no limit on the number of times the QR codes can be printed or displayed.
When people arrive at a venue or business, they must check in by scanning the QR code using their smart phone through the mySA Gov app.
The app securely collects limited personal information as people enter a business or venue. Details will only be kept for 28 days and will only be released to SA Health for official contact tracing purposes.
More information, including frequently asked questions for businesses and customers, is available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/business-and-work/covid-safe-check-in.
If you’re unsure whether your venue, business, or the activities conducted under your business, requires a COVID Safe Plan, please review Public Activities Direction available at www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.
As always, please continue to be mindful of your obligations under the current COVID-19 emergency directions – including current capacity limits and maintaining physical distancing and appropriate hygiene measures.
All approved licensees are encouraged to download and display a patron density poster for your premises and one for each area.
- Patron restriction poster – total venue - 1 person per 2 sqare meters (PDF 45KB)
- Patron restriction poster – indoor area - 1 person per 2 square meters (PDF 44KB)
- Patron restriction poster – outdoor area - 1 person per 2 square meters (PDF 32KB)
COVID Safe Plans and COVID Management Plans
If your business is involved in a defined public activity, you must have a COVID-Safe Plan in place in order to trade.
A COVID Management Plan is a unique and comprehensive plan that must be specific to your venue or activity. The plan sets out how a high-risk activity will be managed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 between patrons/attendees and staff.
Consumer and Business Services, SAPOL SA Health and local council officers will be undertaking compliance checks to ensure that venues have completed a COVID Safe Plan and, where applicable, a COVID Management Plan.
Submitting a COVID Management Plan
The COVID Management Plan template is available at covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery. If you have not already done so, venues should first complete a COVID Safe Plan and indicate that you would like to be contacted about preparing a COVID Management Plan.
Venues should be aware that due to the complexities of assessing each venue’s unique requirements, and to ensure the safety of the public, the management plan approval process may take several weeks.
Once venues have submitted their Management Plan, they may be contacted by SA Health to provide further information. For more information about this process please read the COVID Management Plan Preliminary Information Factsheet.
Gaming is allowed at licensed venues, subject to your trading hours. Density requirements, physical distancing and hygiene measures need to be applied in gaming rooms.
Short-term licence applications
Venues wishing to expand their licensed footprint can apply for a short-term licence to temporarily increase their licensed area to help them comply with density restrictions.
More information about the easing of restrictions in South Australia, and requirements regarding specific activities are being updated as circumstances change and can be found at covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery.