Due to a government directive issued late Wednesday 12 January 2022, our medical testing provider Clinpath, can no longer supply free PCR COVID-19 tests at the SA Produce Market. This is due to PCR tests no longer being allowed to be carried out on asymptomatic people.
For the short term, we will continue to have Clinpath set up in the Growers Pavilion, however they will be utilising the Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) for unvaccinated Market users. There will be a cost of $29.15 per test and you will be sent an invoice for this test from SAPML. The test will take approximately 15 minutes.
From tomorrow, we will also accept RATs carried out by Market users off site, however there are conditions:
At present, SA Produce Market Management do not have RATs available, however we hope to have them available for purchase in the very near future.
Senior Commercial Property Manager
As many of you are aware, there are slight changes in the testing and quarantine requirements as well as a change to the definition of “close contact” in relation to COVID-19 in South Australia.
The National Cabinet has announced the new definition of a “Close COVID19 Contact” means:
SA Health have released a new Contacts matrix which details those who are required to quarantine and be tested which we have attached with this memo.
Many market users are increasingly becoming aware of someone they know who has COVID19 or a close contact of the virus, so we urge everyone to follow the guidelines set out by the SA Government. Close contacts will not be permitted to site, you are required to quarantine and be tested as per the attached Matrix found at the link.
The wearing of a face mask continues to be mandatory when in high density public places. Therefore, SAPML will continue the policy of mandatory wearing of face masks while on the trading floor and in common areas.
SAPML highly recommended each Tenant review their COVID-19 Plan and consider the risk to their business.
The following simple steps will go a long way in protecting your business and your staff:
SAPML will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you up to date with regular information on any changes to restrictions.
There are numerous resources now available in relation to COVID-19, with many articles available through media coverage or Government websites such as:
If you feel unwell, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible.
The South Australian Government has released the Roadmap for the State to re-open borders on 23 November 2021 for vaccinated people. The South Australian Produce Market Limited (SAPML) has been further assessing the risks associated with the changing environment for our Market Community.
SAPML promotes and supports vaccination as the best means of substantially reducing the risks associated with COVID-19 for SAPML staff. Following consultation with SAPML staff on 2 November 2021 and taking into account feedback received, a mandatory Vaccination Policy was implemented for all SAPML staff.
Further consultation with the Market Community included a proposed time frame for supplying a negative COVID-19 test of no more than 5 days and not requiring masks for vaccinated persons. However, our risk consultants, RiskLogic advise that to reduce COVID-19 transmission as effectively as vaccination, testing should occur every 3 days (72 hours) in line with Government protocols and that ALL persons must wear a face mask at ALL times [whether vaccinated or non-vaccinated].
SAPML held a Consultation Meeting for the Market Community to discuss the possible implementation of the following new Condition of Entry:
EFFECTIVE 1 DECEMBER 2021
SAPML recommends, in line with the SA Government health advice, that all persons receive an approved COVID-19 vaccination. We also respect the right of choice of our Market Community and have therefore provided a non-pharmaceutical option. As such, SAPML will introduce the above new Conditions of Entry for all Market Users.
Implementing these new Conditions of Entry will require all Market Users to complete a Declaration – Conditions of Entry COVID-19. This Declaration is available for download on the SAPML website and it is also available from our Administration Office, Operations Office or the Gatehouse. With South Australian borders opening, SAPML encourages all market users to start wearing mask as soon as possible
On 1 December 2021 access ID’s will be deactivated for those that have not provided a Declaration and Vaccination Certificate**. Entry will only be provided via the front gate when a negative COVID-19 test* [no older than 72 hours] is provided. Medical exemptions will be assessed on a case by case basis.
SAPML encourages you and your staff to complete the Declaration and supply the required documentation prior to 1 December 2021 to avoid delays at the Gatehouse. SAPML will have Market Official(s) on the Market floor to assist with the process and Administration staff located in the Market Café to receive documentation. You are also able to provide this information via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you once again for your ongoing co-operation.
We appreciate your commitment to keeping our Market safe.
Chief Executive Officer
* A PCR test is to be provided as an official means of testing for COVID-19.
Rapid Antigen Tesing has not currently been approved by SA Government. SAPML continue to work with the SA Government regarding this and
any advice will be communicated to the Market Community.
Before SAPML implements any policies, and in accordance with our obligations under the WHS Act and relevant industrial requirements, we would like to consult with you about the implementation of the site’s vaccination policy. This will include, but is not limited to, how it may impact the workplace in a practical sense. We have therefore arranged a consultation session for Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 7.00am in the Market Café, where you may wish to participate in constructive discussion about these issues which continue to change on a daily basis. Daniel Shields from Risk Logic will be presenting his risk assessment of this site on Wednesday and will be available for Q & A.
Full details of the consultation can be found here at the Market Memo.
The COVID-Ready Plan (PDF, 59.3 KB)outlines the safe easing of restrictions and how COVID-19 will be managed in South Australia from Tuesday 23 November 2021.
This includes the lifting of jurisdictional borders followed by the lifting of restrictions on activities across the coming months, along with ensuring a strong health response to manage COVID-19 cases.
The plan is based on health advice. It outlines a measured and clear path out of the pandemic, ensuring COVID-19 can be controlled when it enters South Australia and prepares the state for living with COVID-19 in the longer term.
COVID safe behaviours will still be needed – getting tested for COVID-19 with any symptoms, no matter how mild, as soon as possible, along with physical distancing, hand hygiene and staying home when sick.
For more information, go to www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/response.
Changes have been made to the Cross Border Travel Direction. This Direction came into effect at 12.46 pm on Friday 22 October 2021.
The New South Wales (NSW) Cross Border Corridor now includes the township of Silverton.
This means if a NSW Resident Cross Border Community Member (including those from Silverton) has not left the Cross Border Corridor on the NSW side or associated with a person from a restricted zone outside the NSW Cross Border Corridor within the previous 14 days, they are permitted to travel anywhere within South Australia without restriction.
However, South Australian residents can only travel into the NSW Cross Border Corridor and return without restrictions if they are an approved Cross Border Community Member. Non-Cross Border Community Members who are South Australian residents and enter any part of NSW (including Broken Hill etc.) will need to apply for a Health Exemption to return to the state.
They must produce evidence of having received at least 1 dose of a TGA-approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Jamie Paddick – Operations Manager
The South Australian Produce Market, located north of the city at Pooraka, will host a pop up COVID vaccine clinic in a bid to provide greater accessibility to the Horticultural industry workforce, transport and logistics, shift workers and the broader northern community.
The clinic will open September 21, 2021 with bookings to be made online with SA Health – BOOK HERE.
April 15 MESSAGE FROM CEO – RE LEASING
As the impacts of COVID-19 were beginning to signal serious ramifications for South Australia, Business SA instigated an industry summit to bring together representatives of a broad range of associations and community organisations to discuss a path through the crisis.
Business SA, South Australia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, invited SAPML’s CEO Angelo Demasi to participate. A Summit Report has now been published. Read the Business SA Summit Report
As a first point of reference – please visit the PIRSA Covid-19 Resource Page
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will implement a series of administrative measures to assist Australians experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit the ATO website for further details.