As the State of South Australia grapples with a cluster of COVID-19 and goes into a strict lockdown for 6 days, the fuel industry remains, as ever, essential. From the transport of fuel to farms, factories, worksites and service stations, to the operation of those retail fuel sites including the vital truckstops and roadhouses, the fuel industry is still open for business, still servicing the community. The restrictions mean that operations, particularly for Roadhouses and those sites with kitchens and baristas, will likley change. Explore the impact with a Q & A with ACAPMA.

  • Can fuel transport companies still operate? 
    Yes, though it is noted with the construction industry shut down and the impact on retail sales of the stay at home order likely to be dramatic, there is likely to be a need for transport companies to standdown staff. This calls for detailed discussions with staff and exploration of all options, including accessing leave.
  • Can petrol stations still operate? 
    Yes, but there are restrictions (see below)
  • Can a petrol station serve barista coffee?  
    NO. The ban on takeaway food and coffee extends to barista coffee in a petrol station.
    NOTE: Roadhouses have an exemption in particular circumstances, see below
  • Can a petrol station still sell pies, sandwiches etc? 
    No. All heated items count as Takeaway and can not be sold. All sandwiches count as Takeaway and cannot be sold. All ready meals count as Takeaway and cannot be sold (salads etc). All bakery items (doughnuts) count as Takeaway and cannot be sold. 
    NOTE: Roadhouses have an exemption in particular circumstances, see below
  • Can a petrol station still get repairs and maintenance? 
    Emergency and make safe works will be allowed, but that it is likely that general works and “elective” maintenance may not be
  • What are the Roadhouse exemptions? 
    Roadhouses and Truckstops serve a vital role in the fatigue management for heavy vehicle drivers. Offering a place to get out of the cab and sit and have a meal, Roadhouses are an essential part of the compliance with the National Heavy Vehicle requirements.

    This is why they were (eventually) allowed to open and trade during the first lockdowns. After detailed discussions the SA Government has reflected this essential role by allowing for an exemption during this second lockdown.

    It is important to note that the exemption comes with conditions;
    • The Roadhouse may operate the kitchen and prepare food ONLY FOR SERVICE TO HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVERS
    • The Roadhouse may offer food for take away ONLY FOR SERVICE TO HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVERS
    • The Roadhouse may offer food for dine in ONLY FOR SERVICE TO HEAVY VEHICLE DRIVERS

This situation is likely to evolve and updates will be made and posted as they happen.

More Information from SA Govt;

ACAPMA