COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources for Business

RDA Limestone Coast have collated the following links and resources to keep you up to date with latest COVID-19 related information for you and your business.

For the latest information including travel, business and activity and cross-border restrictions, visit the South Australian COVID-19 website here.

The following restrictions currently apply:

Level 1 restrictions

  • 3 person per 4 square metres (for seated activities)
  • No communal consumption facilities
  • Seated consumption only. Permitted to sit at a bar to consume food or drinks provided consumption is separated from:
    • other patrons placing orders for food or drinks, and
    • the preparation of food.

Additional restrictions

  • 1 person per 2 square metres (for non-seated activities)
  • 1 person per 4 square metres (indoor fitness facilities)
  • Seated food and beverage consumption only
  • CMP: events of more than 1 000 people
  • Shisha ban
  • Gathering at home cap: 20 (gatherings at residential premises, including residents of residential premises)
  • Private activity cap: 50 (private activities at non-residential premises)
  • Masks for high risk settings
  • Masks for personal care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the personal care service)
  • Masks for health care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Masks for passenger transport services
  • Masks for indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising)
  • Masks for shared indoor public places (except bridal parties during ceremonies)
  • Restrictions on dancing and singing
  • Private activities with food and beverage consumption whilst standing at 1 person per 2 square metres and approved contact tracing system, cap of 50 (excluding non-residential)
  • Private functions with food and beverage consumption whilst standing at 1 person per 2 square metres with approved contact tracing system cap of 150 (at relevant licensed premises)

Note: An approved contact tracing system (QR code) is generated from a COVID Safe Plan.

For more information, visit the website here.

Masks

Masks (covering the mouth and nose) are required in:

  • High risk settings
  • Personal care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Health care services (except for the person receiving the service, if necessary for the provision of the health care service)
  • Passenger transport services
  • Indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising)
  • Shared indoor public places (except bridal parties during ceremonies)

A requirement that a person wear a face mask does not apply to a person:

  • if they have a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing, a serious condition of the face, a disability or a mental health condition (Evidence of a relevant medical condition must be produced on request)
  • in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication, such as to enable communication by or with any patron who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • in circumstances where removal of the mask is lawfully required for identification purposes
  • when the person is eating or drinking
  • if the person is a child under 12 years of age
  • if the person is carrying out functions as an authorised worker and it is not possible to properly carry out those functions with a mask on.

For more information, visit the website here.

 

South Australian Government Information

Financial Assistance

COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021

New measures to support businesses and employees during the current SA lockdown have recently been announced by the South Australian Government.

$3,000 cash grants will be available to small and medium businesses that suffer significant loss of income. To be eligible a business must, as at 12:01am Tuesday 20 July 2021:

  • Be located within South Australia
  • Have an annual turnover of $75,000 or more in 2020-21 or 2019-20, and be registered for GST
  • Employ people in South Australia
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in 2019-20
  • Have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction (compared to the week prior) in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions.

Sole traders can apply for a $1,000 grant to help cover their ongoing costs, such as rent and power bills, so they can re-open when restrictions ease. To be eligible for the one-off $1,000 emergency cash grant, a non-employing business must meet the criteria listed above excluding the requirement to employ people.

Applications for the COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 are now being accepted through the Department of Treasury and Finance application portal.

Eligibility Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions are available to assist in completing your application. There may be periods of significant demand for the application portal, if delays are experienced please be patient, applications may be submitted until 30 September 2021.

The State Government will also provide $600 weekly support payments to workers in regional South Australia, after areas outside of Adelaide were not included in the Commonwealth Government’s ‘hotspot’ declaration. Affected workers can apply for the payments through MyGov with applications opening in the next couple of weeks.

Once approved, payments will be paid in arrears for the 7 day period from 20 July. More detail on eligibility criteria, and how to access this support will be provided once this information is available.

COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant

An additional COVID-19 Business Support Grant is being introduced for industry sectors that are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 density and other trading restrictions applicable from 28 July 2021.

Grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses will be available for businesses in eligible industry sectors (those that have been significantly impacted by the restrictions) that have experienced a decline in turnover of 30% or more as a result of the COVID-19 health trading restrictions introduced from 28 July 2021.

A further grant of $1,000 will be available for eligible businesses (both employing and non-employing) with a commercial premise in the Adelaide CBD. This recognises that an increased number of employees have been working from home (in line with health advice) and the flow on impact this has on businesses operating in the CBD.

This grant builds on the COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 which was announced in July.

Businesses that received the COVID-19 Business Support Grant – July 2021 are eligible to receive additional COVID‑19 Business Support Grant, subject to meeting all the eligibility criteria.

To be eligible for the grant, businesses must meet the criteria listed below as at the start of the restriction period of 12:01am Wednesday 28 July 2021:

  • Be located within South Australia.
  • Have a valid and active ABN (Australian Business Number) and be registered for the GST.
  • Have an Australia-wide payroll of less than $10 million in the 2019-20 financial year.
  • Operate in an eligible industry sector identified in the list of eligible ANZSIC classes
  • And must have experienced at least a 30 per cent reduction in turnover due to the restricted trading conditions over the two weeks from 28 July 2021 (the commencement date of the trading restriction) to 10 August 2021 compared to average fortnightly turnover in the June quarter 2021 (prior to restrictions).

To be deemed an employing business, the business must employ people in South Australia.

There is no minimum turnover test for the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant, but a business must be registered for GST.

Applications for the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant are now open and will close at 11:59pm on 17 October 2021. For further information, head to the website.

 

COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant – automatic payment

Top-up grants of $3,000 for employing businesses and $1,000 for non-employing businesses will be automatically paid to businesses in eligible tourism and hospitality sectors that have already received the COVID-19 Additional Business Support Grant. This grant will be available soon, please check the website for further information.

COVID-19 Tourism and Hospitality Support Grant – Larger Turnover

An additional $7,000 for employing businesses with turnover greater than $2 million and $17,000 for employing businesses with turnover greater than $5 million. This grant will be available soon, please check the website for further information.

 

COVID-19 Business Hardship Grant

A COVID-19 Small Business Hardship Grant will be introduced for those businesses that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions but have not been eligible for previous small business grants provided since July’s 7-day lockdown. There will be $6,000 for employing businesses with annual payrolls below $10 million and $2,000 for non-employing businesses who have experienced a minimum 50 per cent reduction in turnover over the eligible period and haven’t been eligible for previous business grant support (since July 2021). This grant will be available soon, please check the website for further information.

 

Public Activities Restrictions

The South Australian Government, responsible for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic as a major emergency, issue Emergency Declarations that determine the restrictions that apply to the community. The State Coordinator enacts Directions under State emergency provisions, which apply to everyone living in, and entering, South Australia.

All Emergency Directions, guidelines and applications for individuals and business can be found on the South Australian Government Emergency Declaration and Directions page.

 

Travel Restrictions

For the latest information on travel restrictions, please visit the SA Government website here. This webpage includes information for Cross Border Communities, travel within SA and travel from SA into other States.

Note: All travellers must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration prior to their travel to South Australia. Travellers must complete a separate Cross Border Travel Registration for each person in the travelling party including all children.  People will experience delays on arrival if they have not completed an application for each person.

You do not need to complete registration if you are passing through Adelaide Airport on a connecting flight and do not leave the airport.

Airport check-in: All travellers are asked to download the mySA GOV app from Google Play or the App Store prior to travel to South Australia and are required to use the COVID Safe Check-In to scan a QR code specific to the Adelaide Airport immediately after their arrival.

Business Restrictions and Closures

Up to date information on Business Restrictions and Closures, please visit the SA Government website here.  This webpage includes information on COVID Marshalls, COVID SAfe Check-in, and Restricted Businesses.

COVID-SAfe Check-In for Business – FAQs

Tips on Displaying your QR Code

Activities and Gatherings

To keep up to date with the latest rules on Density Requirements, Gatherings (including funerals, functions and gathering at licensed and non-licensed venues), visit the relevant webpage here.

COVID-SAfe Check-In for individuals – FAQs

 

Local COVID-19 Testing

For COVID-19 clinic locations in the Limestone Coast, please go to the SA Health website and enter your postcode. For further information about getting tested please call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm 7 days per week or go to www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

 

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment – South Australia

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is a lump sum payment to help you during the 14 days you need to self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone. You can find out more information about the payment here.

 

 

Support

Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

The Australian Government’s ‘Head to Health’ website is committed to providing Australians with trusted information and digital supports to help support everyone’s mental health and wellbeing during this pandemic. For information, resources and links to support services please visit this link.

There are other valuable services available to help you as you navigate life in a COVID-19 impacted world.

 

Rural Business Support – Rural Financial Counselling

Rural Business Support (RBS) has a new financial counselling program that can support small business owners across the Limestone Coast find their way forward from COVID-19. A Small Business Financial Counsellor is now based in the region and will be providing free, independent and confidential financial counselling services to eligible clients. For more information, visit the website.

 

Federal Government Information

The latest Federal Government advice, news and COVID-19 updates can be found here. This website includes information on vaccination clinics and support packages as well as updates from National Cabinet.

 

business.gov.au

The Federal Government’s website business.gov.au is a key source of information on the financial assistance, eligibility and timing for the COVID-19 related financial support available for Australian businesses. The website also includes a range of tools, guides and information on matters like business planning, links to ATO and other useful resources for your business. They have also released a Continuing your business guide, designed to help business-owners understand what to do to keep their business operating.

 

Support and Information Available from ATO

Support is available on the ATO website for anyone experiencing difficulties with tax obligations due to COVID-19. For help tailored to your circumstances call the Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218 or email COVID-19Taxissues@ato.gov.au. The ATO website also includes significant information on support for Individuals, Sole traders and Business owners and operators – start here. For sole traders, you will find some specific information here.

If you prefer to use a language other than English, phone the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 13 14 50 for help with your call. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can phone the Indigenous Helpline on 13 10 30.