South Australia‘s chief health officer has been slammed for advising the state’s residents to have their ‘quietest New Year’s Eve ever’.

Professor Nicola Spurrier made the remark on FIVEaa radio in Adelaide after the state its highest ever Covid-19 case number of 1472 on Wednesday. 

‘I want this to be the absolute quietest New Year’s Eve anybody has ever had. You can still make a bit of noise by yourself, I fully intend to do that on my own veranda,’ the state’s top health official said.

‘You can meet up with people on Zoom … but we really do not want to have lots of people getting together during that New Year’s Eve period.’

'I want this to be the absolute quietest New Year’s Eve anybody has ever had,' Professor Nicola Spurrier told Adelaide radio

'I want this to be the absolute quietest New Year’s Eve anybody has ever had,' Professor Nicola Spurrier told Adelaide radio

‘I want this to be the absolute quietest New Year’s Eve anybody has ever had,’ Professor Nicola Spurrier told Adelaide radio

Professor Spurrier’s comments were directed at slowing the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the state, but business groups have reacted with dismay as current Covid restrictions affect their operation.

Density limits are currently in place for hospitality venues, gyms and home gatherings in South Australia.   

Gyms are limited to one person per seven metres, while one person per four square metres is allowed for indoor dining and one person per two square metres is allowed in outdoor settings.

Only seated dining and drinking is allowed in hospitality venues.

Home gatherings are capped at 10 people per household, down from the previous restriction of 30 people per household. 

The crowd for the New Year's Eve Big Bash League match between Adelaide Strikers (pictured) and Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval has been slashed from 35,000 to 25,000

The crowd for the New Year's Eve Big Bash League match between Adelaide Strikers (pictured) and Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval has been slashed from 35,000 to 25,000

The crowd for the New Year’s Eve Big Bash League match between Adelaide Strikers (pictured) and Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval has been slashed from 35,000 to 25,000

The crowd for the New Year’s Eve Big Bash League match between Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder at Adelaide Oval has been slashed from 35,000 to 25,000.   

Chair of peak body Business SA Nikki Govan told ABC Radio the changes were ‘devastating’ for hospitality businesses.

‘I certainly had no idea we were going to be making this jump back. It was quite devastating as this is our busiest week of the year.’ 

It’s not the first time Professor Spurrier’s remarks have caused a stir.

In June she was widely ridiculed for advising attendees at an AFL match in Adelaide to avoid touching the ball if it was kicked into the crowd to avoid possible Covid-19 infection. 

‘If the ball comes towards you, my advice is to duck and do not touch that ball,’ she told reporters. 

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