COVID-19 Information for Business and Industry
We are pleased to let you know that we are busy planning Adelaide Fringe 2021 scheduled for 19 February to 21 March 2021! Although there are many uncertainties at the moment, our team are working through this evolving landscape to ensure we deliver 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.
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.
LPA have provided businesses with resumption of live performance activities. You can find a summary of the resources HERE.
These guidelines have been reviewed by medical experts, revised based on that advice and endorsed by an epidemiologist. The guidelines will assist parties to understand the steps required to protect workers, audiences and the general public of COVID-related risks. LPA also consulted with MEAA on all three guideline documents.
A COVID-Safe Plan is a list of measures designed to keep patrons and staff safe and minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. The requirement for defined businesses to have a COVID-Safe Plan comes into operation from 1 June 2020.
A business must not conduct, or be involved in the conduct of, a defined public activity unless they have completed a COVID-Safe Plan. Businesses should have a plan that sets out how you prepare your workplace to protect staff and customers to prevent infection, your response if there is COVID-19 case and how you will recover.
Currently under the Declared Emergency, a COVID Management Plan approved by SA Health, will be required for high-risk public activities including:
- gatherings and activities of more than 1,000 people
- licenced premises under the Liquor Licencing Act 1997 where both dancing and the consumption of liquor occurs
- the operation of a nightclub, where the principle purpose of the premise is for the consumption of liquor, the playing of loud, amplified music and dancing.
- Venues wishing to offer both dancing and consumption of alcohol
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.
The South Australian COVID-19 Awareness Training is a free 30-minute online course designed to give employees and business owners in the tourism and hospitality sector the basics needed to understand prevention and control the spread of COVID-19, as well as give customers a COVID-clean confidence.
The training course was developed by the South Australian Tourism Commission in partnership with Health Safety Environment Australia (HSEA). It is not an accreditation course for businesses, it is a simple awareness course designed to help individuals understand the basics to assist them in adapting to a “COVID-safe” way of operating.
For more information about why this training program was created and to start your training, please click HERE.
The Live Entertainment Industry Forum (LEIF) is delighted to share its DRAFT COVID-Safe Guidelines with industry for feedback during a consultation period.
For the latest travel advice, please refer to Smart Traveller. A ‘do not travel’ ban is in place on Australians travelling overseas under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) also provides travel advice and recommendations for international traffic, including how to protect yourself during the COVID-19 outbreak.
A pre-approval process is now in place for travellers wishing to enter South Australia. The Cross Border Travel Registration should speed up the border crossing process and provide certainty for people who want to enter SA.
If you are planning travel to South Australia, aim to complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least three days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins. Find out more about your responsibilities HERE.
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 GuidelinesA 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: 21 September 2020
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