SA Government announces latest coronavirus restrictions

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Further relief is in sight for South Australia's hospitality sector with COVID-19 social distancing requirements further easing from this Monday, June 29.

The stage 3 change will enable small bars, pubs and restaurants owners to cater for more patrons as the one person per four square metres restriction changes to one person per two square metres.

Premier Steven Marshall announced the latest measure on Tuesday, saying further easing of restrictions are also being considered.

He referred to "high risk" activities, such as larger events and even nightclubs could soon operate, but only after a comprehensive COVID-19 management plan was activated.

Crowds of up to 50 per cent capacity could be seen at larger events such as AFL games if venues have a management plan which has been approved. This could mean up to 25,000 spectators at the Adelaide Oval from as early as next weekend.

"We are continuing to open up our economy in Australia and get people back to work," he told media.

Yet Mr Marshall added that the number one priority was the health, safety and welfare of all SA residents.

This is ahead of SA's borders scheduled to fully open on July 20, despite Victoria reporting more coronavirus cases this week.

In response, SA Police resources at WA and NT borders, now removed, will be increased at the Victorian border.

They plan to increase static checkpoints between SA and Victoria and increase general patrols on border access roads.

South Australia will further adopt a pre-approval arrangement for essential travellers entering the state.

An online application portal is expected to provide support to essential travellers entering SA, and once they complete the process they will receive a token to display at border crossings.

Non-essential travellers will still need to quarantine for 14 days once arriving at a specific location.

The Premier is urging everyone to remain vigilant and if they develop any of the corona symptoms to get tested, don't go out to socialise, don't go to work and do not use public transport.


Sport also falls under the latest easements with the Premier revealing the SANFL will host 5000 people at Adelaide Oval each day at the double header games this Saturday and Sunday.

SANFL chief executive officer Jake Parkinson thanked the State Government, SA Health and SAPOL for leading the way in containing the spread of COVID-19, giving the state an opportunity to be in the world spotlight.

"This is a great reward for our SANFL football clubs and their staff, players, coaches, volunteers and passionate supporters," he said.

"As with so many organisations, they are going through one of the most challenging times in their rich and proud history."

Mr Parkinson said there would be a ballot that if the ballot for match day tickets.

Spectators will need to follow social distancing and hygiene protocols.