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Stay at home order and the wine industry

Thursday 19, Nov 2020

A new Direction - Emergency Management (Stay at Home) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 was issued by South Australian Police Commissioner, Grant Stevens, effective from 12.01am 19 November 2020 to 12.01am 25 November 2020.

Under the Direction, all persons in South Australia must stay at home for the duration of the defined period unless they have a permitted reason to leave home under the Direction. All community activities, including business, professional, educational, academic and government activities, must cease operations during the defined period, unless the activity may be carried out in accordance with this direction or does not involve leaving home.

The intent behind the Direction is to ensure that all persons in South Australia stay at home, with the small exception of essential workers. Only very few industries and services can continue to operate unaffected and for the wine industry it is not business as usual.

Workers who are not essential workers must stay home. For the wine industry, this includes, but is not limited to, cellar door sales, sales representatives, vineyard work which is not of an essential nature, restaurant and hospitality staff, functions and events staff, general maintenance which is not of an essential nature to prevent damage or loss.

For more information, SAWIA members can refer to a Notice to Members or contact Business and Workplace Advisor, Adrian Richards on 8222 9212 or