“Not much permitted” for sign businesses in SA lockdown: ASGA

With South Australia going into a week-long statewide lockdown from 6pm on 20 July, the Australian Sign and Graphics Association (ASGA) has said there is “not much” permitted for its members and other sign businesses in the state.  

ASGA president and South Australia chair, Julie Rochester said, “things are changing fast, and we are trying to keep you informed as it applies to us. There has been some confusion about what is permitted and the short answer is – not much.

“Please be aware that construction is not permitted in SA during the lockdown (different rules apply in Victoria).”

ASGA president and South Australia chair, Julie Rochester

She mentioned that the key word seems to be “essential” with a focus on safety.

“The idea is to stop everyone as much as possible to allow the contact tracing to get on top of the outbreaks. Full details of the SA lockdown are now available on the SA COVID website.”

The ASGA said people in the state are requires to stay at home except for care and compassion grounds, essential work, the purchase of essential goods, medical reasons including getting COVID tested or vaccinated, and exercise with those in a household.

The ASGA also pointed to the following clause under emergency services are permitted – “a factory or facility that is not able to be shut down without causing damage or loss to plant and equipment, but only those operations that are necessary in order to prevent that damage or loss”.

“Consider how this may relate to your business – for example, if you have machinery that may sustain damage or loss if shut down or not used or serviced within a seven-day period,” Rochester said.

“Other than this and installing COVID safety signage, we don’t see any other reason why a sign business may be permitted to continue operating. 

“Working from home is allowed. I don’t suggest that you try to bend the rules, we can only assume they will be enforcing the rules with heavy fines. We remind members that this is general advice and the ASGA advises that you keep your own counsel on all business decisions. Hopefully, it will be over quickly.”

Most recently, industry guidance was provided for NSW and Victoria as those states face lockdowns as well.

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