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Work is underway across all levels of government in 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. 

Liquor licence fee relief

Licensees eligible for the earlier 50% waiver for 2021-22 based on their eligibility for JobKeeper will now receive a fee waiver for the remainder of the financial year.  Read more about liquor licence fee relief.


Please continue to use COVID SAfe Check-In to enhance contact tracing and keep our community COVID safe.

When 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. 


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.

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

Short-term licence applications

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.