Updates to Stay at Home Direction restrictions in SA

20 Nov 2020

An update has been made to the Stay at Home Direction restrictions in South Australia. 


The Emergency Management (Stay at Home) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Stay at Home No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. 

This new Direction comes into effect as of 0001 Friday 20 November 2020. 

It is important to note that the following information highlights only the amendments and does not reflect all of the requirements under the Stay at Home Direction No 2. All previous directions are still in place unless otherwise mentioned below. For the full list of requirements please visit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/response


The following operations/businesses have been added to the Essential Worker categories:

  • Bakeries that supply baked good on a wholesale basis (but do not sell or supply on a retail basis to members of the public;
  • Domestic and commercial waste and resource recovery services (including collection, treatment and disposal services and transfer stations), but only those services that are provided to commercial contractors;
  • Commonwealth agency services, including Australian Border Force and Commonwealth law enforcement and intelligence agency services; 
  • Administrative services provided by an employer to enable its employees to work from home; 
  • Port operations;
  • Truckstops and roadhouses (no provision of seated dining or shower facilities to people other than truck drivers); and
  • Commercial operations that supply goods or services necessary for the implementation of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

A person may leave the home for the purpose of undertaking duties as an essential worker which are classified as those people who perform work which is essential for the continued operation.

Essential workers may now be transported by private vehicles to and from their place of work by their spouse, domestic partner or parent if the travel is by the most direct and practicable route to and from the place of work.


A petrol station (including a petrol station that sells groceries) but not to obtain food or beverages on site has been added to the leaving home provisions outlined in the direction to clarify intent.


A Commercial Transport and Freight Services operator is no longer required to produce to an authorized officer evidence of a COVID-19 test or test result relating to a test undertaken within the preceding 7 days and is not required or in future.


Minor updates in relation to essential health services are provided under Schedule 1 of the Stay At Home Direction which can be found here and includes provisions for medical, dental and mental health services:


Please remain calm and be patient while we work together to get this information out to the community of South Australia. All directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here:


You will need to wait for further information in relation to this however, if you have any pressing questions in relation to COVID-19 information please contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19