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More SA venues demand double-vax entry


Zoos SA, the Adelaide Convention Centre, Entertainment Centre and Coopers Stadium have followed Adelaide Oval in mandating that everyone who enters their sites be double-vaccinated.

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Zoos SA said yesterday afternoon that from December 1, all visitors aged over 16 years to its Adelaide and Monarto zoos “will be required to show evidence” of double vaccination, or an exemption approved by the chief public health officer. Tickets must also be booked prior to arrival.

But Adelaide Venue Management, which runs the convention and entertainment centres as well as the Hindmarsh stadium, announced yesterday that a mandatory double-vaccination rule would apply across all sites from Tuesday, when state borders reopen.

“To gain entry, patrons will need to show their COVID-19 Digital Certificate on their smart device OR provide personal photo identification and printed immunisation certificate,” an AVM statement said.

“Any person with an official medical exemption will need to provide proof of a negative COVID test result for the 72 hour period prior to seeking entry and full exemption details. Venue bans apply for non-compliance”.

Adelaide Oval operator the Stadium Management Authority said yesterday that from Tuesday, all spectators aged over 12 years – including for next month’s Ashes Test – would have to be double-vaccinated to gain entry.

SA Health has capped the Test due to begin on December 16 at 35,000 spectators.

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The first Adelaide Strikers BBL match is scheduled to begin a week earlier on December 9.

Spectators will be required to display their COVID-19 Digital Certificate via their phone or a printed immunisation statement accompanied with identification, with those claiming medical exemption required to undertake a COVID-19 test 72 hours after the event.

Anyone found to have entered Adelaide Oval without providing proof of vaccination will be ejected and banned for three years.

The order applies to all Adelaide Oval events, tours, Roofclimb and all venue suppliers and contractors.

SMA CEO Andrew Daniels said the penalties were high because “we want to make sure there’s absolutely no ambiguity about what our requirements are”.

“We will be enforcing this requirement because it is a very important safety and welfare issue,” he said.

“Nobody knows what’s going to happen once the border open, so we must be ahead of the game.”

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