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COVID-19 and primary industries

This information is about how COVID-19 affects primary industry related businesses, such as agriculture, food and wine.

What you need to know

COVID-19 is not a foodborne disease

There is no evidence that food can transmit COVID-19 to humans. You can continue to supply, purchase and consume food as normal within the restrictions.

See our Restrictions on businesses and activities page and Workplace safety and hygiene page.

Primary industry production and the entire food supply chain are essential services

You can continue to operate as normal with consideration of social distancing and other restrictions.

See our Restrictions on businesses and activities page.

Veterinary and animal health/welfare are essential services

Agricultural supply chains can continue to operate, including with border closures.

See our Restrictions on businesses and activities page.

Livestock can't transmit COVID-19 to humans through contact

There is no evidence that the virus is transmitted to humans through animal contact.

See our COVID-19 – pets and animals page.

South Australian businesses need to adhere to robust biosecurity practices

With good, hygienic processes you can reduce the effects of the virus on your business and the public.

See our Workplace safety and hygiene page.

Key resources

SA Health COVID-19

  • Information for business and industry
  • Latest news and updates

Major emergency declaration and directions

Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19

Food Standards Australia New Zealand for advice and answers to questions, such as:

  • Can the virus be transmitted through food?
  • How do I prevent people in my business transmitting the virus?
  • Is soap and water enough for washing hands?
  • How do I properly clean and sanitise my equipment and facilities?
  • What if someone in my business is unwell?

FarmHub connect Australian farmers to a range of services and support.

Piper Alderman Coronavirus Resilience and Recovery – Legal Responses to COVID-19

Australian Tax Office

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

My Business Health – a web portal designed to provide holistic support to small business owners, which now features a dedicated section for those struggling with the COVID-19 crisis.

Upcoming webinars

Find out what webinars are available to help you and your business through COVID-19.

Page Last Reviewed: 16 Apr 2020
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