Please find below a list of all South Australian-related information for the ease of restrictions. We will be updating this page as more information becomes available.
Create a COVID-Safe Plan here
Update 20th August:
Update 13 August 2020:
On 12th August, South Australian Commissioner of Police Grant Stevens announced that COVID Safety Marshalls will be required at public venues within South Australia from Friday 21st of August. This will include gymnasiums and fitness facilities and will serve to increase consumer awareness and reduce complacency within the community.
This decision has been made in consultation with Fitness Australia, following rigorous and ongoing discussions between SA Health and the peak association. Fitness Australia is confident that the new directions will reduce the need for further restrictions with minimal operational implications on the sector.
“I think this is a fair decision considering what was being discussed this time last week. We’ve worked really hard on behalf of the industry to ensure that the SA Government maintains a balanced approach. The last thing we want is for the industry or the public to become complacent but at the same time we had to be firm to ensure that commercial operations weren’t compromised either.” Said Steven Grace Fitness Australia’s Central and Western Manager.
Mr Grace was also pleased by the level of ongoing consultation between Fitness Australia and members of the South Australian Transition Committee.
“As the Commissioner mentioned earlier the requirements for Marshalls will vary significantly across industries to allow business to continue to operate in their regular fashion. SA Health have asked Fitness Australia to provide advice to help guide this process. As we know it’s critical to have a loud and united voice as an industry and that we maintain constant communication with the authorities throughout this crisis. This is a great example of how we’ve been able to do that effectively.”
Whilst the specifics for COVID Marshalls for gyms and fitness facilities are still being discussed, Fitness Australia can confirm the following:
- Specific directions for the industry will be developed by SA Health in consultation with Fitness Australia
- These directions will be made available over the coming days through the sa.gov.au website
- Directions for fitness facilities will vary depending on a number of factors (size, number of members, peak periods etc.) and will be designed have minimal impact on regular operations
- Not all facilities will require a Marshall at all times. Smaller “boutique” facilities and 24/7 gyms will not require a Marshall in off-peak periods
- In most cases, the role of the Marshall will be able to be performed by an existing staff member (no need for extra staff)
- The main role of the Marshall will be to uphold the COVID Safety Plan of the facility
- The Marshall must be clearly identifiable (e.g. hi-vis vest)
- Free COVID Safe training will be made available and will be required for all Marshalls
Further details to come.
Update 29 June:
- This is still a requirement as per Safety plan and FAQ doc
- Indoor fitness classes must still keep records of all attendance as per FAQ doc.
- Electronic methods of this are permitted (eg scan-in or online booking systems). This is also encouraged for all non-class based businesses.
Spas and Saunas
- Can open with 2m2 density limits and 1.5 meters of distancing observed as per FAQ doc.
- All showers can be open as per FAQ doc.
- COVID Safety plan strongly suggests to keep communal showers closed if possible.
- If not possible, make alterations to ensure 1.5m distancing in communal showers
Exercise Mats and other equipment
- Participants should bring their own mat and towel as per the COVID Safety plan
- Equipment should be cleaned after every individual use
- Participants should also clean/sanitise their hands between each equipment use as per COVID Safety plan
- Fans are not to be used as per guidelines in COVID Safety plan
- Can occur in stage three.
- Hygiene protocols and protective equipment such as inners are strongly encouraged
Emergency Management FAQ read now
Step 3 COVID-SAFE PLAN read now
Update 26 June:
• Boxing and Pad-work for Fitness – Currently allowed in Stage “2-plus”
• Contact tracing and 24hr Monitoring – Regular methods of contact tracing ie scan-in and booking systems will be permitted in stage 3. There will be no need to manually complete the attendance template. Also, you will not require the ability to auto-lock your 24hr facility at a given capacity number. However, if for some reason the facility had more than its 2sqm per person capacity whilst unstaffed, management will be held responsible.
• Showers – SA Police interpretation of “communal” showers is that these are large open shower areas with no partitions between them (eg. football club). Therefore, facilities with enclosed individual shower blocks are currently permitted in stage “2-plus”. We will clarify SA Police's position on “communal” showers for stage 3 upon the release of the new directions
• 1.5m distancing requirement for stage 3 – Significant point of contention. Fitness Australia understands that this will be referenced directly upon release of the new directions.
South Australia will soon release official directions for the health and fitness industry.
Update 23 June: Step 3 from 29 June
Yesterday the SA Premier announced Step 3 would commence Monday 29 June.
See the live broadcast here
From 29 June Step 3 will be a simplified principle-based approach, except for some high-risk activities.
Social distancing requirements will be reduced to one person per two square metres for gyms and health and fitness centres.
All businesses, activities and gatherings allowed under Step 3 are yet to be confirmed.
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.
Spas and Saunas are allowed to operate from 29 June.
Businesses and defined public activities that do not have a COVIDSafe Plan must complete a plan before they can commence. A new plan will be available on the SA website later this week.
STEP 2 PLUS FROM 19 JUNE
Indoor Group Fitness Classes
- If space allows for 1 person per 4 sqm: Indoor group fitness classes remain limited to 10 people.
- If space allows for 1 person per 7 sqm: Indoor group fitness classes can have up to 20 people.
Step 3 will be a simplified principle based approach, except for some high-risk activities. More detail to follow in coming weeks.
Businesses, activities and gatherings allowed under Step 3 to be confirmed.
*Future steps for consideration - spas and saunas
Update 12 June: see Facebook Premier Press Conference here
- Stage 2.5 will commence on the 19th of June. This will allow for 75 people per room and 300 cap per venue provided theirs still 4m2 per person. This will include gyms
- Gym classes are still being debated. Fitness Australia is seeking clarity on whether they will be changed in stage 2.5.
- Stage 3 will start on the 29th of June. There will be no caps or room limits - only the 4m2 and 1.5m social distancing rules
*please note we are awaiting official information to be released, this is information from the press conference
Step 2: From 1 June FAQ here
29 May 2020:
Fitness Australia has received verbal indication from authorities that there are significant issues with regard to temporary walls and how these may affect building and fire safety regulations.
Based on this new information we strongly advise businesses to hold off on installing any temporary walls until this issue is clarified.
These particular issues are currently being reviewed and should be clarified with the release of the Commissioners Public Directions for Businesses later this afternoon. This issue is also likely to be addressed directly during the Premiers upcoming media conference.
Although this is not an ideal outcome for larger facilities, we have also been informed that the Department of Premier and Cabinet are aware of these issues and will be working hard to fast-track a solution for larger facilities in the near future. This approach is also mentioned in the “Principals” section of the sa.gov.au COVID-19 website:
“Large rooms - We acknowledge that a limit of 20 people (excluding staff) per room will be challenging for some venues which are functionally one very large room: cathedrals, indoor sports courts, some cinemas and some hospitality venues.
Over the coming weeks, we will work to develop a safe, risk managed approach to large rooms and will provide further information on this as available.
Until that time, large rooms are limited to a maximum of 20 people maximum (excluding staff)”
28 May 2020: 24hr (unstaffed) access will be permitted in South Australia as of Monday 1st of June under the following conditions:
1. The facility has the capacity to limit attendance to a maximum number of patrons allowed under the density requirement through use of an automated security entry/exit system
2. The facility can accurately track and report member attendance (including contact details as required by the direction) though the automated security entry/exit system
This was confirmed today 28th May at 1.17pm ACST by SA Police Via SA Health from the Director of Health Protection.
Regarding floor to ceiling height for temporary walls:
“Following consultation with our infection control expert, we've taken the recommendation regarding the 2.5m wall height to SAPOL for consideration for inclusion in the revised direction. From my understanding, this is the only area of the draft direction that is under active consideration. Your comments in relation to the other matters are acknowledged and we'll keep in touch in relation to how they might be incorporated into further directions.” - SA Health
Groups of up to 20 are permitted for outdoor training. Note the group size does not include the instructor (i.e. 20 participants + 1 instructor is permitted).
26 May 2020: Update on Step 2 restrictions Roadmap
The great success South Australia has achieved in flattening the curve means that we have the confidence to gradually and carefully lift the restrictions in South Australia. In Step 2, a number of important activities can recommence, including Gyms and indoor fitness.
In Step 2, there will be a 20 person maximum per room, with venues allowed to go up to a maximum of 80 people, provided they comply with the requirement of 1 person per four square metres. This does not include staff.
An online form to complete your COVID-Safe Plan is now available on SA.GOV.AU
How many people can we have on gym room doing individual workouts (lifting weights etc)?
There is a limit of 20 people permitted to be in a gym room doing individual workouts. This does not include personal trainers or staff employed at the gym. People present must not exceed more than 1 person per 4 square metres and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to. Good hygiene practice is also encouraged. All participants are required to provide their name and phone number or email address. The person conducting the activity retains a record of those contact details and produces them at the request of an authorised officer.
Can we conduct our fitness classes?
Yes, but classes or activities at gymnasiums, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre and spin facilities and dance and pilates studios are limited to a maximum of 10 participants. This does not include the people employed or engaged to work to run the activity. People present must not exceed more than 1 person per 4 square metres and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to. Good hygiene practice is also encouraged. All participants are required to provide their name and phone number or email address. The person conducting the activity retains a record of those contact details and produces them at the request of an authorised officer.
Walls and dividing rooms
To be considered a separate room, a space must be enclosed by a ceiling, and substantially enclosed by floor to ceiling walls, regardless of whether the ceiling or walls or any part of them are permanent or temporary.
- Gym staff should monitor social distancing and equipment cleaning.
- Consider extending opening hours to allow more members of the public through in a day while adhering to density requirements and group maximums.
- Consider restricting members of the public to attending for no more than a 2 hour block at one time.
- Encourage participants to follow the AIS advice of “get in, train, and get out”.
- Participants must bring their own clean towels/mats.
- Provide facilities for wiping down/disinfecting equipment between users.
- Members of the public should clean or sanitise hands between equipment user (ie after finishing on a piece of equipment and before moving to the next item).
- Do not use fans as this can spread body secretions and droplets.
1. “Maintain the physical distancing principle of at least 1.5m separation:
- Between groups within each room
- At entry and exit points
*Note that this means there must be at least 1.5 m between tables, but not necessarily between people at the same table.
2. No communal facilities (showers, spas, change rooms) except toilets are to be made available.
3. Provide hand sanitiser on entry and exit of the premises.
4. Ensure all staff have undertaken COVID-safe online training
5. Ensure you and your staff have a basic understanding of how to respond to a case of COVID-19 at the workplace
25 May 2020: UPDATE: Gyms in SA to re-open on Monday the 1st of June.
UPDATE 20 May 2020: Step 2 to begin 5 June.
South Australia Roadmap to Easing Restrictions and more info here
Step 1 (11 May 2020)
Can I go to an outside gym?
Outdoor gyms are operated by local councils. While many outdoor gyms are open, you should comply with any instructions that the council is imposing and if the gym is still closed then do not use it. Outdoor exercise groups cannot exceed 10 people and the 1.5 metres social distancing must be adhered to.
Can I go to the gym or fitness centre (including barre, yoga, and spin facilities)?
No, these facilities are now closed.
Can I train with a personal trainer?
You can train with a personal trainer in an outdoor training session or boot camp but there can be no more than 10 people present. The social distancing rules apply not more than one person per four square metres.
I work at a gym. Can I do live streaming and create video content at my gym?
Indoor gyms are closed to members or consumers, but yes, you can film / live stream from the gym premises as long as there is a group of less than 10 people and the density requirement is complied with (one person per four square metres).
Can I go to the public swimming pool?
From 11 May restrictions on public swimming pools will be eased, with lap swimming and recreational
swimming allowed, as long as the following requirements are complied with:
- there is a maximum of 10 swimmers in each separate pool at any time
- no spectators are permitted, except for up to one parent/carer per swimmer if necessary
- there is a maximum of one person per lane for lap swimming.
- change and shower facilities are not permitted to be used (but toilet facilities may be made
More FAQ here
Step 2 (8 June) Gyms and indoor fitness (20 people max)
More info will be made available closer to this proposed date
Hotline 1800 253 787