South Australian pubs, clubs, and restaurants will be able to have up to 80 customers at a time from next Monday, as well as Stage Two of easing restrictions being brought forward once again.

After the reopening of alcohol services to pubs, as well as cafes and restaurants been permitted up to 20 customers last Friday, Premier Stephen Marshall said in a press conference today that the consistent testing over the past few weeks has resulted in Stage Two has once again being brought forward.

As of next Monday, June 1st:

  • Venues (i.e. pubs, restaurants, and cafes) can host up to 80 patrons, with social distancing still in place as groups of 20 people will be allocated in separate areas.
  • Contact sport and training will resume.
  • Competitions for non-contact sports to also resume.
  • Pubs can serve alcohol without a meal, however, patrons must be seated.

In regards to sporting competitions, Mr. Marshall says that contact sports competitions will resume as of June 25.

Mr. Marshall also announced that 20 people, with social distancing still in place, are allowed inside the following venues:

  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Galleries and museums
  • Beauty, nails, tattoo, massage (non-therapeutic)
  • Driving instruction lessons
  • Gyms and indoor fitness
  • Funerals (50 people max)

The transition committee is still considering the easing of restrictions regarding larger gatherings, licensed pubs and bars (non-food), nightclubs, casino and gaming venues, stadiums and larger entertainment venues, food courts, spas, and saunas.

State border restrictions and travel into protected communities are also being discussed.

Steven Marshall said the “great results” had given the Government the confidence to carefully and slowly lift restrictions.

“This is only possible because of the continuing very, very good results in terms of low or no cases and of course the high level of testing,” says Mr. Marshall. “These changes will get people back to work.”

As of today, there are no active cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total at 439.

More to come