South Australia to ease COVID restrictions for venues and gatherings

South Australia will ease some of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions next week with changes to density rules and the size of gatherings.

Premier Steven Marshall says from next Wednesday the one person to every two square metres requirement will change to three people to every four square metres.

Marshall says that will allow pubs, clubs, restaurants and other venues to cater for up to 75 per cent of their capacity.

He says that will be a huge relief to many businesses across the state.

SA will also lift the patron caps on venues such as churches, theatres and cinemas from 75 to 100 per cent, provided all people wear masks.

Restrictions across South Australia are easing. Credit: Getty Images

The changes apply to venues with fixed seating and with a limit of 1000 people.

Larger venues continue to need a specific COVID-safe plan.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said a further easing of restrictions would be considered as the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine continued.

“This is not an endpoint. This is simply another step along the journey and it’s a very long journey,” he said.

“It is a step by step process.”

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