SA government appoints committee to ease COVID-19 restrictions

By Shannon Jenkins

Tuesday May 5, 2020

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The South Australian government has established a Transition Committee to help the state restore its social and economic health as it moves out of the emergency phase of the coronavirus pandemic.

Led by Department of the Premier and Cabinet boss Jim McDowell, the team will look at which social restrictions should be eased and in what order.

Jim McDowell

Premier Steven Marshall said the state was well placed to take the next steps in dealing with COVID-19, which would involve rebooting the economy while also continuing to manage the threat of virus outbreaks.

“The Transition Committee will ensure that we can capitalise on the efforts made to flatten the COVID-19 curve by lifting restrictions, where appropriate, so we can forge ahead with the difficult task of flattening the unemployment curve,” he said.

“Our level of suppression of the coronavirus will enable a selective, methodical, evidence-based easing of the restrictions that are currently in place in South Australia and we are going to be working on that immediately.”

Committee members include SA Police commissioner Grant Stevens; chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier; Department for Health and Wellbeing head Dr Chris McGowan; Department of Treasury and Finance chief executive David Reynolds; and Department for Trade and Investment boss Leonie Muldoon.

Health and wellbeing minister Stephen Wade said the committee would prioritise easing restrictions with a low public health risk and a high social and economic value.

“The Transition Committee will develop the blueprint for how South Australia’s current restriction can be wound back whilst ensuring we are not exposed to a dangerous second wave of infections,” he said.

“For months, we will need to work hard to comply with restrictions that will be constantly changing. We can live with the frustration, knowing that it will get us back to normal life quicker. Let’s not undo all the good.”

The creation of the committee follows a similar move made by the Tasmanian government last week.


Read more: Former Tasmanian Treasury secretary Don Challen to lead COVID-19 economic recovery council


The SA government has reportedly been considering resuming regional travel, and hopes to soon allow SANFL clubs to resume modified group training. It has also been looking at easing restrictions on funerals.

The state’s total number of coronavirus cases has sat at 438 for nearly two weeks, with 98% of those having recovered.

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