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COVID-19 Information for Business and Industry



We are pleased to let you know that we are busy planning Adelaide Fringe 2022 scheduled for 18 February to 20 March 2022!

But who would've guessed that even after 18 months and making it through both the 2020 and 2021 Adelaide Fringe festival season, that there would STILL be many uncertainties. Our team are working through this evolving landscape to ensure we deliver yet another memorable festival. The safety of our Artists, Venues and the wider community is our utmost priority and Adelaide Fringe has and will continue to keep close communication with the relevant Government departments to remain informed about the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated health guidelines and crowd restrictions. 

Please see below collated resources and information relating to COVID-19 to assist those in the arts, events, hospitality, tourism and entertainment industries including how to create a COVID-Safe Plan or Management Plan and complete the Prescribed COVID Marshal Training.

We strongly recommend and encourage you to refer to the Government of South Australia - COVID-19 website for all essential and accurate information as Adelaide Fringe will only be acting in line with current State Government advice.

Live Performance Australia (LPA) is the peak body for the live performance industry. LPA publishes regular Member updates with key COVID-19 information that is relevant to our industry.

A COVID-Safe Plan is a list of measures designed to keep patrons and staff safe and minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. 

If you have not completed a COVID-Safe Plan, do not have this available at your premises, or do not comply with current Directions, you can be fined up to $5,000.

Currently under the Declared Emergency, a COVID Management Plan approved by SA Health, High-risk public activities that require a COVID Management Plan include:

      • gatherings and activities of more than 1,000 people
      • licensed premises where entertainment of a sexually explicit nature is provided.

A COVID Management Plan is a more comprehensive plan than the COVID Safe Plan (see above) - however in some cases, your events/businesses/activity may require both a COVID Management Plan and a COVID Safe Plan for each vendor.

A COVID Management Plan template can be found HERE (Sourced from COVID SA)

A COVID Marshal is required for the following:

    • The onsite purchase and consumption of food or beverages (indoors or outdoors)
    • Religious or faith-based ceremonies (other than wedding ceremonies or funeral services)
    • Supermarkets and hardware stores
    • Gatherings of more than 50 people at residential premises
    • Distribution centres (including associated transport operations)
    • Gymnasiums and fitness centres
    • Swimming pools used by the public
    • Sporting clubs
    • Any activity where a COVID Management Plan is required
    • Public assemblies
    • Any operation which may be defined by the state coordinator.

For the latest travel advice, please refer to Smart Traveller. There's a ban on overseas travel from Australia. You can’t leave Australia unless you get an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) also provides travel advice and recommendations for international traffic, including how to protect yourself during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Entering SA from Interstate

If you are planning travel to / from South Australia, please find out more about your responsibilities HERE.

  • Audiences

There's lots of research being undertaken about what audiences are thinking about return to live performances, make sure you keep up to date with the latest research and findings and we will post what we can find here.

The national guidelines for COVID-Safe Theatres, prepared by PAC Australia, are now available. These guidelines have been reviewed by LPA and PAC will continue to contribute to their excellent work in delivering guidelines for industry reactivation.

Safe Work Australia (SWA) have also reviewed the guidelines, noting that they do not endorse or promote any document that is not authored by them. It is expected that there will be resources delivered by SWA under the much broader heading “Arts and Entertainment”. Although they have advised that they do not actively consult with industry in drafting these resources, the information provided in the attached (and other industry guidelines) will inform this resource

  • Support for Individuals

The Federal Government has announced additional payments and streamlined claims for job seekers affected by COVID-19. See Services Australia for details and how to apply.

You may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, distress or concern during this time. For wellbeing and mental health support and advice, see:

  • Safe Work SA COVID Guidelines A substantial amount of detailed and practical guidance specifically tailored to 36 different industries has been published on Safe Work Australia's COVID‑19 website. It includes guidance on how to implement key preventative measures such as physical distancing, exemplary hygiene and protocols for responding to positive cases in the workplace.


Resource Published: 2 July 2020

Updated: 11/01/2021

Please note that the above information is correct at the time of publishing and remains subject to change - please refer to 'resource published / updated' date listed on this post for current information.

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