Coronavirus Restrictions

Wednesday December 02, 2020

Mr BELL (Mount Gambier) (15:11): My question is to the Premier. Can the Premier please advise David from the Treehouse play cafe in Mount Gambier, which is 450 kilometres away from Parafield Gardens, when he will be able to reopen his business?

The Hon. S.S. MARSHALL (Dunstan—Premier) (15:11): As members would note, there was a Transition Committee meeting held yesterday. One of the restrictions that we currently have in place is with regard to play areas, play cafes, which I know are very much enjoyed by not only children but parents who take their children along to enjoy that physical activity. There was no change to the restriction. At the moment, that is an activity that is not permitted.

We know that these businesses can operate the cafe component of many of these businesses as long as they adhere to the new one person per four square metres density arrangements. I would like to update the house and the member—and, in fact, his constituent David—that there will be a further meeting of the Transition Committee. That will be held on Friday this week.

I would remind members that the Transition Committee looks at every one of the restrictions through three different views: firstly, the health view; secondly, the social view; and, thirdly, the economic view. We do appreciate that there are very significant economic implications for every restriction that we put in place. We certainly don't want to keep a single restriction in place for one day longer than we need to. But certainly the health advice, only considered yesterday, was to keep that restriction in place for the time being, but I'm more than happy to make sure that that is considered again on Friday and come back to the member with any update.