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Update 20 November 2020

We will update this page following the announcements of 20 November as soon as we can. For now, industries must continue to follow the directions for business issued on 18 November 2020 until restriction ease at midnight Saturday night / Sunday morning.

Update 18 November 2020

Many industries have been required to shut down for at least 6 days from midnight 19 November 2020 (evening of the 18th). Please see covid-19.sa.gov.au for further details.

Information regarding essential workers is available on the SAPOL website.

Aged care

New rules regarding workers in aged care facilities came into effect on 16 November 2020.

Aged care workers must wear masks if people can’t physical distance. Residents will be limited to two visits per day.

Other directives include:

  • restrictions on working across multiple Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • PPE requirements
  • training requirements
  • workforce Management Plans
  • COVID-19 Infection Control Plans

See the SA Health website for details.

Hair and beauty salons

Hair and nail salon workers and tattooists must wear masks. Clients should be encouraged to wear masks, but is not mandatory.

Cross-border travel for essential workers

Please see the South Australia Police website or covid-19.sa.gov.au for details.

Pyrotechnicians & firework displays

In line with current COVID-19 restrictions SafeWork SA, the Department of Health and Wellbeing (SA) and the SA Police do not support the use of aerial firework displays at community events.

Ground displays will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will require approval through the application of a COVID-Safe Plan and/or COVID Management Plan.

SafeWork SA requires the details of any approved display to be placed in local newspapers; except when it is agreed by each department that such promotion could cause the uncontrolled gathering of crowds.

Use of lifts

We recognise the challenges businesses and workers have regarding the physical distancing guideline of 1.5m separation and the 2m² density rule whilst inside a lift. We will not be taking an active compliance approach to enforcing the social distancing / density rule within lifts unless excessive numbers of people are contained within them.

It is still prudent to implement other controls, such as regular personal hygiene and hand washing, regular cleaning of high touch point areas and other controls to reduce or change the frequency of lift usage.

See our advice on the use of lifts during COVID-19 restrictions.

Advisory Service

Our advisory service can help you with targeted advice for your business. Contact us at help.safework@sa.gov.au or call 1300 365 255.

National COVID-19 industry information

Safe Work Australia publishes national COVID-19 guidance material on behalf of all State and Territory work health and safety regulators.

Due to the changing environments across the different states Safe Work Australia’s industry guidance may not reflect South Australian advice. Please refer to our website, covid-19.sa.gov.au and SA Health for the latest SA information.

Visit Safe Work Australia’s COVID-19 work health and safety page for general guidance for your industry.