South Australia has been turned upside down as 3 people have now tested positive to Covid-19.

With the government acting swiftly, bringing Level 4 restrictions into play as of 11:59pm last night, there are more than a few of us scratching our heads about some of the rules. Particularly what is considered ‘essential retail’.

So here is what the government has deemed as essential retail under the Level 4 restrictions.

  • Retail and wholesale sale of food, beverages, newspapers and stationery in non-specialised and specialised stores, including takeaway food or beverages;
  • Retail sale of household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences and businesses;
  • Pharmacies, chemists and retailers providing pharmaceuticals, or pharmaceutical or dispensing services;
  • Services provided by opticians and optometrists;
  • Retail sale of medical and orthopaedic goods in specialised stores;
  • Retail fuel stations and heating fuel providers;
  • Retailers involved in the sale or repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles or bicycle repair and related facilities (e.g. Tyre sales and repairs);
  • Retail sale of essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including animal feed and medicines, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding;
  • Laundries and drycleaners;
  • Banks, post offices, courier services and credit unions;
  • Retail sale of safety supply stores (for e.g. Work clothes and personal protective equipment);
  • Hardware stores, builders’ and timber merchants and stores that provide hardware and garden products necessary for home and business maintenance, sanitation and farm equipment, supplies and tools essential for gardening/farming/agriculture;
  • Retail sale of office products and services for individuals working from home and for businesses;
  • Retailers providing electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home;
  • Retail online and phone ordering services and services for the collection or delivery of orders;
  • Stores that primarily sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies;
  • Car-hire premises; and
  • Retail services specified as essential, in writing, by the state co-ordinator.

**IMPORTANT- This is not the full list of essential services and is an abbreviated version for the purposes of this table. For a list of Essential Services please refer to the Direction located on: