Plans to put SA back on track by Christmas

POSITIVE: Premier Steven Marshall shared how he had met with the transmission committee with plans to put the state
POSITIVE: Premier Steven Marshall shared how he had met with the transmission committee with plans to put the state "back on track" in time for Christmas.

From Tuesday the state's border will "completely" lift to Victoria for the first time in months, the SA government declared on Friday.

Premier Steven Marshall shared how he had met this morning with the transmission committee with plans to put the state "back on track" in time for Christmas.

"The border restrictions will completely lift 12.01am December 1", saying it will mean a "huge relief" for those who have been "adversely" affected.

He further announced a series of changes to restrictions in the state from next Tuesday for a two-week period.

"These chart our course back to where we want to be by Christmas," he said.

This includes QR Codes to be used as a tracking system for people attending businesses and venues where a COVID-Safe Plan needs to be implemented.

Changes from Tuesday, 12.01am, December 1:

  • Patron caps on all general trade in licensed premises will be removed, however are conditional to individual licensed venues deploying QR readers technology on their site.
  • One person per four square metres will remain for all indoor activity but will resume the arrangements for one per two square metres outdoors, for stand up consumption of alcohol.
  • Caps will remain in place for private functions, the increase of funerals up to 150, private functions up to 150 people in licensed premises with stand up consumption of alcohol
  • Weddings cap kept at 150 and allow for dancing and stand-up consumption of alcohol
  • Home gatherings remain at 10 persons
  • Gatherings over 1000 and night clubs require a COVID-19 management plan approved by SA Health
  • Community sport resumes with a modified program of fixtures
  • Masks will be required when you can't maintain that 1.5 metres physical distancing

Premier Marshall has also written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison requesting the current suspension of all international passenger arrivals be extended to December 7.

Pleasingly, on Thursday 12,322 people were tested for the virus in the state.

"That is almost 100,000 people in the past seven days," Mr Marshall said

Further pleased with the latest testing results was SA Health chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier.

It is very important for us in SA at the moment, that we all need to be wearing a mask when we are out and maintain 1.5 metres", especially as people head out for Black Friday sales.

SA Health chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier

She highlighted how "no new" cases have been linked to the Parafield cluster.

To date, there are 31 positive cases with one woman still in hospital, yet remains in a stable condition.

"5000 people remain linked to that cluster and remain in quarantine," she said.

SA currently has 23 active cases in with 559 recorded this year.

Meanwhile, data received by an ongoing SA survey has revealed in the past 10-13 per cent of those suffering from acute respiratory symptoms were getting tested.

"But that has significantly increased," Prof Spurrier said.

She urged people, even with mild respiratory symptoms please get tested and for members of the public to continue to get tested should any symptoms reappear.

Her comments come as SA Health on Thursday night released additional hotspot locations in SA.

"It is very important for us in SA at the moment, that we all need to be wearing a mask when we are out and maintain 1.5 metres", especially as people head out for Black Friday sales.

For further information please call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19