COVID-19 requirements under the Public Health Act

For more than two years, the Major Emergency Declaration has enabled a range of restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in South Australia.

On 24 May 2022 the Major Emergency Declaration was lifted and amendments made to the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 to ensure important public health measures are maintained to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Despite the lifting of the Major Emergency Declaration, Emergency Management Directions continue to be in force under section 90C of the South Australian Public Health Act. This includes:

  • Emergency Management (Consolidated Measures) (COVID-19) Direction 2022
  • Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 49) (COVID-19) Direction 2022
  • Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination No 7) Direction 2021
  • Emergency Management (In-home and Community Aged Care and Disability Workers Vaccination No 4) (COVID-19) Direction 2022
  • Emergency Management (Voting Arrangements No 2) (COVID-19) Direction 2022
  • South Australian Public Health (COVID-19 Directions) Notice 2022

These requirements are essential to protect the South Australian community and ensure the health system’s resources can manage COVID-19 cases.

In addition, the Chief Public Health Officer has provided guidance for close contacts critical workers in a hospital, residential aged care facility, disability, corrections and other health care to safely return to work.

Governor’s Direction

The Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, has recommended that a Governor’s Direction be issued under section 90C of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 to sustain the requirements for isolation and quarantine of COVID-19 cases and close contacts to reduce the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in South Australia.