COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information and Resources for Business

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

New Support for Businesses, Jobs & the Community Impacted by COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on local businesses, the South Australian Government has introduced a new support package for businesses impacted by the health restrictions put in place from 27 December 2021.

This new package includes the Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant, the Business Hardship Grant, and the Major Events Support Grant.

For the full details on the support available and information on how to apply can be found here.

 

Current Activity Restrictions

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

Level 1 restrictions

  • 1/4 density for indoor seated activities
  • 1/2 density for outdoor seated activities
  • No communal consumption facilities
  • 1/7 density (indoor fitness facilities) If fitness classes being held outdoors (1/2 density) LGA’s cannot charge a fee to fitness instructors for the use of public parks (unless a current contract is in existence).
  • Seated food and beverage consumption only for indoor defined public activities
  • COVID Management Plans required for events of more than 1,000 people
  • Shisha ban
  • Gathering at home cap: 10 (gatherings at residential premises, including residents of 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)

Additional restrictions

  • 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.

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

Private activity

Private Activity no longer permitted.  If held in a relevant venue, than venue rules apply for hospitality.

Private function

Private Function no longer permitted.  If held in a relevant venue, than venue rules apply for hospitality.

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.

High risk setting

High risk means each of the following:

  • a residential aged care facility
  • a disability care facility
  • a prison, correctional facility, training centre or other place of custody
  • a public or private hospital
  • health care services provided in any of the Aboriginal communities listed in Schedule 1 or any other Aboriginal community controlled health service.

Personal care

Personal Care includes services such as hairdressers, barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons, tattoo parlours, and other premises at which beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, piercing, body modification services are provided, as well as wellness centres, day spas, massage parlours, saunas, and bathhouses.

Dancing

Dancing is only permitted in dance studios or for wedding couples. It is not permitted in licensed premises or at any other function.

Singing

Singing is not permitted but when a person is singing indoors, they must wear a mask.

Exceptions include if:

    • the person is performing individually (not including a karaoke performer); or
    • the person is a member of a group of performers performing or rehearsing in the premises (not including karaoke performers or persons performing or rehearsing as part of a choir or chorus); or
    • the premises are an educational establishment; or
    • the person is undertaking or providing an individual lesson

For more information, visit the website.

 

South Australian Government Information

Financial Assistance

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its significant impact on local businesses, the South Australian Government has introduced a new support package for businesses impacted by the health restrictions put in place from 27 December 2021.

This new package includes the Tourism, Hospitality and Gym Grant, the Business Hardship Grant, and the Major Events Support Grant.

For the full details on the support available and information on how to apply can be found here.

 

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

From 12:01 am 1 January 2022, travellers from interstate entering South Australia are no longer required to complete an EntryCheck SA application.

If you want to travel from South Australia to another state, check the rules of the state you are travelling to before you leave. Not all state travel arrangements are reciprocal.

 

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 Marshals, COVID SAfe Check-in, and Restricted Businesses.

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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.

 

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 relevant 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.