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Friday 25 March 2022

This is an archived Newsletter. The information may be outdated.

For the latest COVID-19 information, please refer to the SA Government COVID-19 website.

Major changes to COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia

Dear sector colleagues,

The Premier has today announced major changes to COVID-19 restrictions in South Australia including relaxed close contact rules and quarantine periods, and revised mask requirements.

Effective immediately:

  • Quarantine for household contacts is now seven days, reduced from 14, subject to a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result. This also applies to people currently in quarantine.

Effective from 12:01am Saturday, 26 March 2022:

  • To be classed as a close contact, you will have to have spent four hours in face-to-face unmasked interaction with a positive case. Previously the defined time period was 15 minutes.
  • Increasing the time period in which a person, who has previously been COVID-19 positive, is not considered a close contact from eight weeks to 12 weeks.
  • People attending events at Adelaide Oval will only need to wear masks when entering and exiting the venue, and in fully enclosed indoor public areas.

Further details about the close contact definition will be provided next week after the latest direction has been published.

Mask rules

The Premier also flagged that mask rules will be eased on Thursday, 14 April 2022 with mandates in public settings expected to be removed unless significant changes occur.

Masks will still be required following that date however in high-risk settings such as aged care, disability care and correctional facilities.


Beyond the major changes announced by the Premier today, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has recommended a fourth booster COVID-19 vaccination for people over the age of 65 who are immunocompromised.

Indigenous Australians over the age of 50 and people living in aged and residential care will also be offered another dose to ensure South Australians are kept safe and protected ahead of the winter virus season.

The fourth booster shot can be administered four months after your last vaccination (third shot) or last infection with COVID-19 and is expected to become available to all Australians from April. For further information, please visit the ATAGI statement on the Department of Health website.

As we continue to live and work with COVID-19 in our community, you can keep on top of the latest advice for managing the virus at the SA Health website.

Take care and have a safe weekend.

Ngaityalya (Kaurna, thank you)

Lois Boswell
Chief Executive

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