Easing of Restrictions for South Australia

Easing of Restrictions for South Australia

The information on this page relates to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for South Australia. It will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Useful Links:

SA Government website – COVID-19

Roadmap for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

SA ‘Create a COVID Safety Plan’

COVID-19 business information and support


Last updated: 18 August 2020

Current Restrictions in South Australia

From 21 August 2020, Gyms and fitness centres/studios, Pilates, yoga, spin, barre, dance and similar studios, health clubs, etc.  must have a COVID Marshal.

Nominated COVID Marshal

If fewer than 200 people are reasonably expected to participate in the business or operation then you must have a nominated COVID Marshal. This means that you can nominate one of your regular staff members to also perform the role of COVID Marshal in addition to conducting their usual duties.

More information about COVID Marshalls (required training, duties, identification, etc.): https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/recovery/covid-marshals

Link to Prescribed COVID Marshal Training


From 29 June

Step 3 will be a simplified principle-based approach, except for some high-risk activities.

While physical distancing of 1.5 m is still encouraged, social distancing requirements within venues will be reduced to one person per two square metres.

All businesses, activities and gatherings allowed under Step 3 are listed in the Public activities direction no 3.

Businesses and defined public activities with an existing COVIDSafe Plan do not need to complete a new plan and will be emailed an updated version of their existing plan before 29 June.

Businesses and defined public activities that do not have a COVIDSafe Plan must complete a plan before they can commence – create a COVID-Safe Plan.

Frequently asked questions – Step 3 (DOCX, 584.3 KB) -28 June 2020
Frequently asked questions – Step 3 (PDF, 383.1 KB) – 28 June 2020


Previously,  from 19 June dance and fitness classes in larger rooms can have up to 20 people if they meet a density requirement of 1 person per 7 square metres.

For smaller rooms, classes of up to 10 can be accommodated if they meet the density requirement of 1 person per 4 square metres.

This does not include the people employed or engaged to work to run the activity. Physical distancing and good hygiene practices should be followed.

All participants are required to provide their name and phone number or email address. The person conducting the activity must retain a record of those contact details and produce them at the request of an authorised officer.

COVID-Safe Plan, Step 2 Plus

Not all businesses will need to complete a revised COVID-Safe Plan for Step 2 Plus.

Room allowances will increase as part of Step 2 Plus but the limit of one person per 4 square meters will remain. Businesses with smaller areas may not be able to increase their maximum patronage. However, some businesses with large areas will be able to accommodate more patrons.

When creating their original COVID-Safe Plan, businesses were required to list all rooms or spaces that would be open to patrons, as well as the area of those rooms. If these details will not change, no new plan will be needed.

Businesses that don’t need a new plan

You will NOT have to complete a revised plan for Step 2 Plus, if you:

  • have already completed a Step 2 COVID-safe plan for your business
  • are not increasing the amount of space or number of rooms open to patrons for Step 2 Plus.

An updated plan will be sent to the email address on file with a revised total of patrons allowed based on the room sizes originally supplied. You will have to print and make this updated plan available from 19 June.

Businesses that do need a new plan

You WILL need to complete a revised COVID-Safe Plan for Step 2 Plus if you:

  • plan to offer more rooms or spaces to patrons
  • plan to extend or alter the floorspace of any existing rooms or spaces.

Create a Step 2 Plus COVID-Safe Plan

Stage 2 was moved forward to June 1 (subject to public health assessment at the time).

The SA government has advised us that small group Pilates is permitted under stage 2, with certain preventive and precautionary restrictions and measures still applying. The rules include a maximum of 20 clients per room & 80 clients per venue. Instructors are in addition to the client numbers.

Step 1 (11 May 2020)  The South Australian government has advised us that “current Directions in South Australia require indoor physical training facilities including Pilates to remain closed.”

Prohibited are:

Facilities used primarily for indoor physical recreation. Examples… include… Pilates studios.

The website provides:

“Can I go to the gym or fitness centre (including barre, yoga, and spin facilities)?

No, these facilities are now closed.”

Stage 1 commenced on May 11 and allows outdoors sports with a maximum of ten participants with minimal shared equipment and good hygiene.