In the face of new limits on public meetings during the coronavirus pandemic, the South Australian Liberals defended a large conference in Adelaide for their state women’s council.
Thursday night ‘s meeting at Adelaide Oval was scheduled to cater for up to 700 people but it remains unknown how many would attend.
Liberal state director Sascha Meldrum said the meeting would satisfy all of the state’s existing COVID-19 constraints.
Organizers would follow a COVID safe management plan approved by SA Health, with one person per two square metres, and criteria for social distance and hygiene will be strictly adhered to.
“The same rules apply to the Liberal Party as anyone else,” Meldrum said.
But the meeting comes after SA placed stricter limits on family reunions on Wednesday, reducing the number of people allowed from 50 to just 10.
Weddings and funerals have a maximum of 100 participants, as the state grapples with a growing cluster of new infections with the coronavirus.
Premier Steven Marshall said officials were reviewing the density rules of the state on Monday, with the potential to increase the requirement of two square metres.
Yet this was mainly thought to be in response to a mysterious infection found in a woman in her 20s, who had no travel history and no known contact with other cases of COVID-19.
Since then, the event has turned out to be a false positive outcome, loosening concerns about new community transmission in Adelaide.
There are currently only eight reported cases of coronavirus in South Australia.