What the new South Australian “Stay at Home” direction means for businesses  

19 November 2020

The South Australian government has issued the Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Stay at Home) Direction 2020 (Direction) in an attempt to curb the current COVID-19 outbreak in the State. The Direction can be accessed here.

The Direction is effective from 12:01am on 19 November 2020 until 12:01am on 25 November 2020 and is to prevail over any inconsistencies with other previously issued directions.

Under the Direction, all persons in South Australia must stay at home and all community activities, including business activities, must cease for the period that the Direction is effective, unless an exception applies.


People are permitted to leave their homes for certain reasons, including to:

  • obtain essential goods or services from essential businesses; and
  • undertake duties as an essential worker at essential businesses.


The Direction provides that essential businesses, which are permitted to remain open and operational, include the following:

  • supermarkets;
  • bottle shops;
  • financial institutions;
  • pharmacies;
  • petrol stations;
  • pet stores or veterinary clinics;
  • hotel or motel accommodation;
  • emergency services; and
  • essential health services.


The above information is not exhaustive. Any business seeking to remain open must ensure it qualifies for an exception under the Direction to ensure the business and those in charge do not become liable to a significant penalty. Businesses should consult SAPOL’s website for a complete list of permitted operations.


This article provides general comments only. It does not purport to be legal advice. Before acting on the basis of any material contained in this article, we recommend that you seek professional advice.




Daniel Jenkinson, Principal in our Transactions Team 

Email: djenkinson@dmawlawyers.com.au
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Jacqui Ballard, Law Graduate in our Business Transactions Team 

Email: jballard@dmawlawyers.com.au
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