South Australians will be able to enjoy an indoor meal with a bevy at restaurants, pubs, and cafes as of this Friday as the Marshall Liberal Government moves to accelerate local jobs and business recovery.

From Friday the 22nd of May, all cafes, pubs, and restaurants will be permitted to seat up to a total of 20 patrons, which includes 10 people inside and 10 people outside.

The commencement of Stage Two in the government’s roadmap to recovery has also been announced to be moved to Friday the 5th June, prior to the June long weekend, instead of the originally slated Monday 8 June.

Premier Steven Marshall said South Australians’ ongoing success in helping limit the spread of COVID-19 has enabled the Government to further ease restrictions on the advice of the transition committee with just one new case recorded in SA in the last 28 days.

“This is all about accelerating local economic and job recovery while rewarding South Australians for their outstanding efforts over many weeks in helping stop the spread of this virus,” said Premier Marshall.

“And now, by bringing forward the ability for restaurants and cafes to offer indoor dining and serve alcoholic beverages to Friday, we will further support our hospitality sector as it recovers from the greatest economic challenge of our time.”

SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens also announced that SA Police are recommending testing for alcohol and drugs on the roads as of this Friday once the service of alcohol in restaurants, cafes, and pubs is once again offered.