What is, and isn’t, permitted during the lockdown in South Australia

NOTE: The South Australian Lockdown ENDS at 12.01 am Sunday 22nd November 2020

PLEASE NOTE that the Riverland Wine physical office WILL BE CLOSED during this time, however, our staff will be available by email and phone. If you require assistance at all during this time please contact us. 

Riverland Wine has been monitoring the COVID-19 South Australian lockdown closely over the last 24 hours with specific reference to what is (and isn’t) considered ESSENTIAL work in our industry.

We have had a raft of communication from the Winegrape Council of SA (WGCSA) and the South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) who have been consulting with PIRSA and government departments on behalf of our wine community.

Whilst the current directive specifies 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 essential nature to prevent damage or loss. Further clarification is provided below;


Essential Workers

Growers & Vineyards

  • Primary industries only to the extent necessary to ensure an adequate supply of food to, and care of, crops and animals.
    • This means those  essential viticulture activities, e.g. irrigation and spraying that cannot wait 6 days and would result in crop damage/loss if not performed during the 6 days;
    • Anything outside of this to pause for the 6 days to reduce the movement of people and give the state the best chance of a positive outcome.

Naturally, these directives are aimed at off-farm workers and not growers who live and work on their own properties.

Wineries, Production & Distribution   

  • A factory or facility that is not able to be shut down without causing damage or loss to plant and equipmentbut only those operations that are necessary in order to prevent that damage or loss;
  • A distribution centre;

In relation to distribution and delivery of goods any condition of authorisation under the law relating to planning, goods may be loaded and unloaded at any time for the purposes of the provision of essential goods under this clause. This includes delivery of liquor, including wine to bottle shops.

I am an Essential Worker. Will I have to show ID if Police stop me?·         

  • It is strongly recommended that any essential worker in the wine industry is presented with a letter addressed to the individual worker on company letterhead issued, with company contact details and signed by a manager within the company. If SA Police challenges a worker travelling to or from the site, the worker should direct the officer to contact their manager in the letter for confirmation as to the essential worker status.
  • The letter should state that the person (include name and address and job title) is an essential worker under the Emergency Management (Stay at Home) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. 
  • The letter should also refer to the category of essential work to be undertaken – e.g. “production and distribution of liquor for sale at premises commonly known as a bottle shop” or “primary industries only to the extent necessary to ensure an adequate supply of food to, and care of, crops and animals”. Specify in dot-points the actual tasks to give context to this.
  • It is also recommended that workers wear any company-issued uniform, if applicable, and bring a company-issued ID card/access card if applicable.
  • There is no mandated government form to be issued for this purpose. Travel should be via the most direct practical route.

Is it mandatory to wear a mask?
  • No, however, masks are strongly encouraged when outside the home.

Other Reasons to Leave Home:
  • child care, primary or secondary education services if
  • the child is a child of an essential worker; or
  • the child resides in the care of the State; or
  • there are circumstances of vulnerability determined by a government agency, school, funded family or family violence service, and education or care outside the family home is considered necessary.
  • adhere to shared parenting arrangements (court or otherwise);
  • comply with a legal requirement at a place such as a police station, court or other home relating to justice or law enforcement;
  • *donate blood;
  • ensure an adequate supply of food, care and exercise to animals that are situated away from the home if no other person is available;
  • escape harm or risk of harm, including in relation to family violence or violence of another person at the home;
  • obtain essential health services;
  • provide care and support to a relative or other person due to their health or because of homelessness, age, infirmity, disability, illness or chronic health condition;
  • provide child-minding assistance so that the parent/guardian can leave to obtain essential goods or service and/or for the purpose of undertaking duties as an essential worker;
  • provide end of life support to an immediate family member;
  • undergo a COVID-19 test; and
  • On a day on which the fire rating is severe or higher, to take preparatory steps for the purpose of moving, and to move by the most direct and practicable means to other suitable premises
  • To comply with a legal requirement that must be fulfilled during the defined period, including, but not limited to, attending: a police station; a court or other premises for purposes relating to the justice or law enforcement system
  • If the person is permitted to leave Australia, for the purposes of leaving Australia.

People may also leave their home in an emergency situation.


Please remain calm and be patient while we work together to get this information out to the community of South Australia. All directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/stay-at-home

You will need to wait for further information in relation to this however, if you have any pressing questions in relation to COVID-19 information please contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

Protect Your Mental And Emotional Health During Lockdown

During these kind of situations and events, it is essential that you stay connected with friends and family through phone and video calls, text and email. As a state we are facing our toughest test to date – but we CAN and MUST rise to this challenge. An unprecedented 6 day lockdown for someone suffering from mental health issues may be an extreme task, so the following numbers and links are provided here if you or anyone you know needs a chat.
SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line – 1800 632 753

  • SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line – 1800 632 753
  • Virtual Psychologist – 0488 807 266 (FREE text) – www.virtualpsychologist.com.au/rural-remote
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
  • MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78

We understand this is a weird and daunting time for everyone, but if we follow the Government’s orders we will
return to the mighty South Aussie’s we have always been. 
–Stay Safe, Stay Healthy & Remain Calm–
–Riverland Wine–

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