Restrictions on businesses and activities during COVID-19

Find out how border closures and business restrictions affect your agriculture, food and wine business.

Essential and non-essential businesses

Restrictions are in place for non-essential businesses in South Australia.

The current restrictions do not apply to primary industries, including commercial fisheries and aquaculture sector and the food supply chain. These businesses are an essential service and can continue to operate but must follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

See section 3 of the State Coordinator's non-essential businesses and other gatherings closure document on the state government's Emergency Declarations and Directives page.

Border closures

A direction was issued by the State Coordinator on travel into South Australia. As of 4 pm, 24 March 2020, our state's borders are closed.

Agricultural industries are essential services

Agriculture is an essential service, however, people who are employed in agriculture or primary industries (e.g. seasonal workers) will need to self-quarantine on arrival in South Australia for 14 days unless they meet the other requirements of essential travel, such as transport or freight services, skills critical to maintaining industries or businesses, or cross-border community members.

All essential travellers are covered under:

  • Transport or freight services
  • Skills critical to maintaining key industries or business, which includes
    • specialists required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operations where the appropriate skills are not available in South Australia, where the service is time critical and where the provision of the service requires that the person be physically present in South Australia
    • persons who, in the conduct of their duties, are responsible for maintenance or repair of infrastructure critical to South Australia and are required to be physically present in SA for such purposes
    • persons who primarily reside or work in South Australia and travel for work purposes for regular periods according to established work schedules
  • Or cross border community members – persons who are ordinarily resident, or near, a South Australian border and who, in the ordinary course of their occupation, education or daily life, have reasonable cause to travel across that border

See the SA Government website for a full description of the restrictions.

Exemptions for essential travellers

Essential travellers and services are exempt from the border closures. There is no application or permits for exemptions. It is a self-assessment process. If you enter South Australia you may be stopped by police at checkpoints. If you're an essential traveller you will need to show evidence of this. If no evidence is provided, you will be directed to self-quarantine.

Agriculture is an essential service, however, people who are employed in agriculture or primary industries (e.g. seasonal workers) will need to self-quarantine on arrival in South Australia for 14 days unless they meet the other requirements of essential travel, such as transport or freight services, skills critical to maintaining industries or businesses, or cross-border community members.

For more details on the definition of an ‘essential traveller’ please see the direction issued by the State Controller, Commissioner Grant Stevens www.sa.gov.au/covid-19.

Some essential travellers must now keep records of close contact for a 14 day period commencing on the date of arrival in South Australia.

Travelling across a pastoral lease and COVID-19

Travelling across a pastoral lease and COVID-19 With the exception of Public Access Routes, access to any station tracks on a pastoral lease requires the prior approval of the lessee. Do not enter a lease without prior permission. For the latest information visit PIRSA's COVID-19 page.

Air travel

There are travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. See Australian Government's Health website for information about what travel is allowed, and what you must do if you've recently travelled.

Ports

Ports are open and operating under a number of restrictions. Read the marine information fact sheet to know more.

Business closures and restrictions

Business closures and restrictions depend on how essential the service is. Changes will continue to be made as the situation is monitored.

Supermarkets and produce markets

Can remain open. They are an essential service and can continue to operate until the situation or restrictions change.

This includes the Adelaide Central Markets and the Adelaide Produce Markets at Pooraka.

Social distancing must be practiced (keeping 1.5 meters away from people around you).

Farmer's markets

Farmer’s markets can continue to operate but must follow strict density requirements, social distancing principles and hygiene guidelines. Information on cleaning and disinfection in the workplace is available at SA Health.

You should check with individual farmer’s markets to find out if they are still operating, as some are currently closed.

Wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries

Wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries are permitted to sell alcohol, food or other products on a take away basis from the premises.

However, tastings of any kind are not permitted and consumption of any produce, alcohol or food is not permitted on site. Further information can be found on the SAPOL website or read the full updated COVID-19 Direction.

This now aligns wineries, cellar doors, breweries and distilleries with restrictions currently in place for hotels, restaurants and similar businesses. It is important that all businesses ensure that social distancing rules are maintained, that the time spent on premises are kept to a minimum (just to conclude the transaction), transactions are contactless (where possible), and that the number of customers on premises are kept to a minimum. The 10 person gathering requirement and public density (i.e. 1 person per 4 square metres) still apply.

Cafes and restaurants

All cafes and restaurants are permitted to seat up to a total of 20 patrons (10 inside and 10 outside) as well as sell alcohol to diners. There will be a limit to the number of people on site of 1 person per 4 square metres (density requirement). Good hygiene should be practised.

Home delivery, take away and pick up of food and beverages (including liquor) is permitted for:

  • restaurant
  • cafes
  • pubs and hotels
  • food courts.

Pubs, hotels, and food courts remain closed for normal visitation and can open only if they provide take away and pick-up services.

When offering take away and pick up you must make sure:

  • social distancing is maintained
  • time spent on your premises is kept to a minimum (just to conclude the transaction)
  • the number of customers on your premises is kept to a minimum.

Liquor licences

Liquor licence holders who operate a small bar, cafe or restaurant, can now apply for a free short-term, temporary licence to be able to sell a small amount of liquor with take away meals.

Read the media release.

Trading – exports and sales

Exporting product from the state

Essential travel which maintains health, the food supply chain and the state’s economic needs is allowed across our state's border.

Ports, airports and roads will maintain some freight movement. For companies exporting to markets around the world, business is being affected due to COVID-19 in each location.

Department for Trade and Investment has information for exporters and companies.

Attending saleyards, including from interstate

The Australian Chief Veterinary Officer has stated that saleyards can go ahead.

If you attend livestock auctions you must follow strict social distancing guidelines and keep at least 1.5 metres from those around you.

Travel needs fall under the ‘essential travellers’ and no application for exemption is required.

Transporting workers in the same vehicle

You can transport workers in the same vehicle because primary industries are an essential service and need to continue to be operational.

You must maintain the social distancing requirement of at least 1.5 meters between people. For example, 2 people in a sedan will meet the requirement.

Make sure fresh air is circulated in the vehicle for the duration of the journey.

Clean the inside of vehicles regularly and disinfect surfaces. Paying particular attention to frequently touched surfaces. Information on cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19 is available from the Department of Health.

Also practice good hand hygiene by regularly washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser.

This information may change frequently so for the most up-to-date information always check www.covid-19.sa.gov.au

Page Last Reviewed: 16 Apr 2020
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