The decision to allow dancing amid Adelaide’s busy festival season has prompted expressions of jubilation from dance-starved revellers, even if many venues will not necessarily benefit.
Dancing had been effectively banned at dozens of events and venues throughout South Australia for months because of the risks of coronavirus superspreading.
Opposition to the ban intensified with the start of the Adelaide Fringe festival, which was forced to introduce “no dancing” signs at its Garden of Unearthly Delights.
Security guards had to break up a group of people dancing at the venue on Saturday night, because its COVID-19 management plan prohibited dancing.
An online petition to reinstate dancing across South Australian music establishments has attracted more than 10,000 signatures.
But the state’s transition committee has now decided to significantly relax restrictions from Friday, albeit at small-to-medium-sized venues.
“Dust off the dancing shoes,” one person wrote on social media, while another declared: “This is the best day ever”.