South Australian emergency health declaration could end next month
Posted On May 4, 2022
New amendments have been introduced to South Australia’s Public Health Act, which may end the state’s emergency management declaration by the end of June.
The declaration has been extended by cabinet and the state’s Governor General 28 times and has become the longest one in South Australian history.
SA Health and South Australia Police helped draft the amendments to the public health laws, outlining that as the state emerges from a state of emergency, current COVID-19 rules will remain in place.
“Some of the restrictions that remain in place, of course, are that close contacts can’t go into high-risk settings such as aged care facilities and hospitals similarly people must wear masks in those settings,” Premier Peter Malinauskas said.
The new bill won’t give the state government power to introduce border restrictions or snap lockdowns.
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The exact timeline hasn’t been given for when the bill will be presented to the Legislative Council, but the Malinauskas Government is hoping it will pass through both houses by the end of this month.
“We want to have this major emergency to be the last by the 30th of June. So, that’s the target,” Health Minister Chris Picton said.
If the bill passes, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens will remain as an advisor on the Emergency Management Council.