South Australia will push ahead with the easing of some of its COVID-19 restrictions despite the growing virus outbreak in Queensland.
SA has declared the greater Brisbane area a coronavirus hotspot, preventing people travelling from the region unless they are a returning resident or someone relocating permanently.
But the state’s transition committee met on Tuesday and confirmed plans to make changes to SA’s density rules and the size of gatherings in time for Easter.
From Wednesday the one-person-per-two-square-metres requirement will change to three-people-per-four-square-metres.
The move will allow pubs, clubs, restaurants and other venues to cater for up to 75 per cent of their capacity.
The state will also lift patron caps on venues such as churches, theatres and cinemas from 75 to 100 per cent, but all people must wear masks.
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.
Deputy Police Commissioner Linda Williams said SA Health provided no advice to change the plan to lift restrictions.
She said the situation in Queensland, where there are now 15 cases across two clusters, was a subject of discussion with any further travel restrictions being considered on a day by day basis.
SA reported three new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, all in people who recently returned from overseas.
Tests are underway to determine if they are old infections.
Australian Associated Press