From midnight, 28th July, South Australia’s seven-day lockdown officially ended. We were delighted to hear of the news, which meant that the state could start returning to a sense of normality.
Premier Steven Marshall declared that our state’s restrictions have been reduced to level 3, medium restrictions.
Level 3 Medium Restrictions
The following restrictions will be in effect for at least seven days:
- 1 person per 4 square metres
- Seated food and beverage consumption only (indoor and outdoor)
- Masks worn in high-risk settings
- Masks worn for personal care services
- Masks worn for health care services
- Masks worn for passenger transport services
- Masks worn for indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising)
- Restrictions on singing, dancing and shisha are still in place
Further social restrictions:
- Maximum capacity of 10 people for private gatherings.
- Private events such as weddings and funerals are capped at 50 people
- Masks required for shared indoor public places
- School, team and club sports training is permitted if no interaction is made with other schools, teams or clubs.
- Gyms are currently operating at a 1 person per 8 square metres.
For more information about the current restrictions for South Australia, please click here.
Mask Direction on Shift
All Lifestyle Attendants are to continue wearing a mask whilst providing support to Customers.
This direction will continue to remain in place until the South Australian Government and SA Health announce that the state is safe enough to remove masks in the company of others.
The following exceptions apply to wearing a mask:
- The Customer and/or Lifestyle Attendant providing services is not required to wear a mask if it hinders service provision or impacts the Customers safety.
- A Customer receiving individual support in their own home is not expected to wear a mask.
- Lifestyle Attendants and/or Customers are not required to wear a mask if they have a relevant medical condition, including problems with their breathing or a serious condition of the face.
- A mask is not required to be worn in circumstances where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. Such as to enable communication by or with any person who is deaf or hard of hearing.
- A Customer or live-in Lifestyle Attendant of a Supported Independent Living (SIL) house may be exempt from wearing a mask if it has been risk assessed as causing distress or inconvenience for the Customer. Including circumstances in which it is not possible to comply with the physical distancing principle
Community Access Guidance
The easing of restrictions has meant that there is greater access to the community at venues such as shopping centres, restaurants, cafes, and pubs.
We kindly ask that you be mindful of others and social distance appropriately when out on shift. Ensure that you continue to practice correct hand hygiene, regularly washing and sanitising to prevent the spread of germs.
We’re glad that we can get out of the house more freely and have face to face interactions with family and friends. Please be mindful of the current restrictions in place and wear a mask when required in public spaces.
Although the COVID-19 climate in South Australia is now under control, we have seen first-hand how quickly the situation can deteriorate.
We do advise that you undertake a COVID-19 vaccination as it is the best method of protection against coronavirus symptoms, safeguarding yourself and others from falling ill.
Support workers in the disability sector are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
For more information about the vaccination and to book in click here.
We want to thank all staff for the way you conducted yourself during the seven-day lockdown. Your commitment to providing support to customers through a challenging time does not go unnoticed. Without you, we would not be where we are today.
To all customers, thank you for your cooperation during the lockdown and working with us to ensure you received the best possible service to maintain an independent lifestyle.
If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with our friendly team.