Schoolies celebrations in South Australia will be significantly curtailed because of COVID-19 concerns but authorities believe a large number of young people will still head for Victor Harbor in November.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the large gatherings usually associated with the three-day event, south of Adelaide, would not be possible this year.

But he said police, SA Health, the event’s organisers and a representative group of year 12 students were in discussions about what form the celebrations might take.

“We think a lot of young people may still go down there. We want them to have a good time but we want them to have a good time safely,” Mr Stevens said on Wednesday.

“We’re hopeful through our discussions that we’ll come up with a plan that suits everybody.

“But it won’t look like any other schoolies.”

Despite SA set to miss out on hosting the AFL grand final, the commissioner has also flagged an increase in the number of football fans allowed into Adelaide Oval for any finals matches.


Under current rules, up to 25,000 fans can attend open-air events, but SA Health and the oval management have been working on a limit for 10,000 for recent AFL games.

Mr Stevens said as the situation surrounding coronavirus cases improved, particularly the level of community transmission in Victoria, there was scope to increase those numbers.

“Large crowds would certainly be on the agenda if we were to get finals matches,” he said.