Thursday 15 July 2021 - 2nd edition
Dear sector colleagues,
South Australia has this afternoon announced the reintroduction of tighter internal restrictions following rising concerns about COVID-19 transmissions interstate.
While most South Australians continue to do the right thing, the escalating situation across the country, particularly in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, is a major wakeup call and reminder to continue to remain vigilant and COVID-safe in the community.
Restrictions from 12.01am on Friday 16 July 2021
From 12:01am, Friday 16 July, the Premier has announced the following restrictions will be in place until further notice:
- Masks are mandatory indoors for high-risk settings such as correctional facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation services, aged care homes, and personal care settings like the hairdresser.
- Masks are mandatory for indoor entertainment venues where capacity is above 50 per cent, such as the theatre.
- Businesses are to enforce a density arrangement of 50 per cent.
- Cap of 150 people on private gatherings and functions (homes, function centres, and so on).
- No dancing and singing in gatherings.
Changes to interstate travel from from 12.01am on Friday 16 July 2021
The Premier has also announced the following updates to interstate travel requirements will come to effect as of 12:01am, Friday 16 July:
- People coming into the state from Melbourne, Geelong and Bacchus Marsh will need to quarantine for two weeks.
- Anyone coming from other parts of the Victoria will need to undergo testing on days one, five and 13, but will not have to isolate once they get their first negative test result.
- The 70-kilometre border bubble with Victoria will continue.
- Plans to lift border restrictions with South East Queensland have been cancelled but testing requirements will be lifted for people coming from Townsville and Birdsville.
Fortunately, there have been no positive cases connected to the three removalists from Sydney who travelled through South Australia and Victoria last week.
Two new positive cases were announced in South Australia, but both were acquired overseas and are currently in hotel quarantine.
In addition to the mandated changes, the Premier advised that:
- If you develop any symptoms stay home and get tested.
- Abide by the use of QR codes.
- Get vaccinated if you are eligible.
SA Health has developed a number of excellent resources relating to infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes information for healthcare workers and facility administrators on how to optimise the use of PPE, and links to the SA Health Procurement customer service team for enquiries and questions about PPE supply.
Practice good hygiene, test, isolate and vaccinate
It is vital that we continue to practice basic hygiene measures, such as washing our hands regularly, maintaining social distance, frequently wiping down surfaces, and avoid touching our eyes and face.
It is also critical that we all continue to be tested and self-isolate if we have any COVID-19 symptoms at all, no matter how minor. Get tested immediately and self-isolate until you have received a negative result.
Most importantly - if you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, the message from our health officials is to please get vaccinated. Vaccination works and is the single most effective measure to protect against infection and serious cases of COVID-19.
For those in aged care and disability residential facilities, COVID-19 vaccinations may be offered via your workplace or at a hub as part of the rollout by ASPEN Medical to these sectors. Otherwise, you can book your vaccination appointment online via the SA Health website.
If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact DHS’s COVID-19 Response team at DHSCOVIDResponse@sa.gov.au