COVID-19 Risk Management Guidance


Appendix One: Glossary and other Useful Information

Activities and Gatherings/Defined public activities

A defined public activity is specified in the Emergency Management Directions and includes the following which may apply to choirs:

  • Indoor public meetings
  • Ceremonies
  • Provision of public entertainment
  • Onsite purchase and consumption of food or beverages (whether in an indoor or outdoor area)
  • The operation of relevant licensed premises


This guidance adopts the WHO definition of airborne particles of less than 5 microns in diameter 


Separating people into groups and keeping the groups the same for activities

Contact tracing

In public health, contact tracing is the process of identification of persons who may have come into contact with an infected person and subsequent collection of further information about these contacts.

Contact Tracing Attendance Record: Download.

COVID-SAfe Check-in is a feature now included on the mySA GOV app

World Health Organisation Contact Tracing World Health Organisation video

SA Health Contact Tracing Video  

Control measure

An action taken to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks so far as is reasonably practicable. 


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus, SARS-CoV-2. The virus can spread from person to person. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell. If you have any concerns about your health, contact your GP.

COVID-19 Testing

SA Health COVID-19 Testing

COVID Marshal

In South Australia, a COVID Marshal is a person appointed to take the online training and ensure venue capacity, physical distancing and infection control requirements are met. At December 2020, it does not appear that a COVID Marshal is mandatory in a choral situation. You may however choose to appoint a COVID Marshal from within your ranks who can undertake the online training to help everyone adhere to the control measures in your plan.

COVID-Safe Plan

All businesses that conduct a Defined public activity must have a COVID-Safe Plan. See also Activities and Gatherings. Most choir rehearsals will fall into the ‘indoor public meetings’ category. 

COVID-Management Plan

A COVID Management Plan is, at December 2020, necessary for gatherings of more than 1000 people and any venue that offers both consumption of alcohol and dancing.


At December 2020, the total number of people that a venue can accommodate is 1 person per 2 square metres. Every person should still be able to stay at least 1.5m from other members of the public. See The Physical Space for clarification


This guidance adopts the WHO definition of airborne particles of greater than 5-10 microns in diameter 

Emergency Management (Public Activities)

In March 2020, the State Coordinator, Commissioner Grant Stevens, made a Direction under the Emergency Management Act 2004 to limit public activities. 


Objects or materials that are likely to carry infection such as clothes, utensils or furniture.

Incubation period

The time between exposure to the virus and onset of symptoms (incubation period) is usually 4.9-7 days but can be up to 14 days. SA Health recommends that any person who is unwell and/or has cold or flu symptoms, no matter how mild should stay home, and get tested for COVID-19.

AHPPC statement on the utility of testing for COVID-19 to reduce the requirement for 14 days of quarantine

Physical distancing (or Social Distancing) 

Physical distancing (or Social Distancing) means:

  • Avoid close contact and crowded places wherever possible
  • Keep at least 1.5m distance from others wherever and whenever possible
  • Avoid hugging and kissing
  • Swap handshakes for a wave
  • Use cashless payment where possible

Stop the spread in SA 

Self Quarantine/Self Isolation 

Quarantine/Self Isolation means:

  • You must stay at a suitable place and not leave unless you need to seek urgent medical care.
  • You must not go to public places – this includes work, school, childcare, university, shopping centres, public parks, social or religious gatherings.
  • You must not go shopping or to restaurants – shop online or have family or friends deliver what you need to your door.
  • You must not have visitors at your home. Only people who usually live with you should be in the home – they must not sleep or be in the same room as you.
  • If you must leave home to seek urgent medical care, wear a surgical mask

SA State Government advice on Self Isolation/Self Quarantine


The possibility that harm (death, injury or illness) might occur when exposed to a hazard

Social Distancing (or Physical Distancing) 

Social distancing (or physical distancing) means:

  • Avoid close contact and crowded places wherever possible
  • Keep at least 1.5m distance from others wherever and whenever possible
  • Avoid hugging and kissing
  • Swap handshakes for a wave
  • Use cashless payment where possible

State Coordinator

Commissioner of Police, Grant Stevens became the State Co-ordinator for South Australia on 22 March 2020 pursuant to section 14 of the Emergency Management Act 2004. His role is to manage the response to the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Australia through legal directions about public activity.

Static group arrangement

‘Not moving’, as a singer might in an opera or music theatre setting, but standing still.

SA-COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787: 9am-5am, 7 days

SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 1800 632 753: 8am-8pm, 7 days

National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080: 24 hours, 7 days

Healthdirect Australia 1800 022 222: 24 hours, 7 days

Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 8am-8pm, Mon-Fri

SA Government state-wide COVID-19 information 

Create a COVID-Safe Plan

SA Health COVID-19 dashboard 


Australian Government: National COVID-19 information 

UK Government Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Working safely during COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources for multicultural communities 

SA Health Aged Care, Retirement Village And Disability Sectors: Covid-19 Health Advice

SA Government COVID Marshals

Produced by the Adelaide Choral Network with financial assistance from Arts South Australia and the City of Adelaide, our Adelaide Year of the Choir Partner


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