New restrictions on gatherings as SA faces its ‘biggest test to date’

South Australia will reimpose a cap on gatherings again as part of a series of restrictions following the recent coronavirus cluster that stemmed from a quarantine hotel.

Among the restrictions are the cancellation of all activities with an approved COVID-19 management plan scheduled for the next two weeks; no stand-up alcohol consumption allowed at licensed venues including outdoors; and a 100 person cap at pubs, clubs and restaurants with guests to observe one person per four square-metre social distancing guidelines.

Patrons are also to observe one person per four square-metre social distancing guidelines at entertainment venues.

Making the announcement, Premier Steven Marshall said they “will rise to this challenge”.

“It’s fair to say that we are now facing our biggest test to date, but we can and we must rise to this new challenge,” he said.

“The next 24 hours will be critical, but we are not going to wait for the situation to deteriorate.

“I want to assure all South Australians that we are working around the clock to stay ahead of this cluster.”

In another blow to South Australia’s events calendar, Tennis Australia has decided to centralise its events in Victoria in the lead up to the Australian Open. This has resulted in SA losing the Adelaide International Tennis Tournament scheduled for January, leaving yet another hole in its major events calendar following the cancellation of the Tour Down Under and axing of the Superloop Adelaide 500.