Coffees and camping enjoyed in first week of eased restrictions

The first week of eased coronavirus restrictions in South Australia was a welcome experience for Eyre Peninsula residents, who were able to enjoy outdoor dining and camping at the weekend.

Local business is also feeling positive about the move, with more people supporting the hospitality industry in recent weeks.

Tumby Bay Bakery owner Debbie White said outdoor dining had been successful both socially and economically this week.

"It's been good, we've been making sure that we've got the correct distance and everything, but we have people starting to sit down now again and use the outside area," she said.

"It's sort of still hard navigating numbers (of people), how many inside ordering and how many outside and all that, but other than that we've had a really good response.

"Especially because we've got the elderly population and they enjoy coming and sitting down more so than others, so it's been nice that they've been able to sit down and use the facilities for sure."

She said over the past couple of weeks business at the bakery had been improving.

"The last couple of weeks really, we're finding that things have picked up a lot, but (outdoor dining) has definitely made a bit of a difference for sure," she said.

Customers Milos Sulda said he enjoyed being able to sit down for a coffee, "even though it is cold out here".

Camping enthusiasts also enjoyed the opportunity at the weekend to head into the national parks, with Port Lincoln local Simone Bertram and her family heading out to the Lincoln National Park where they enjoyed some fishing and a campfire.

"The main area that really effected our family was not being able to camp during isolation," she said.

"It was wonderful to see people camping again in the national park."

Park ranger Kyle Watters said visitors to Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Parks increased dramatically at the weekend.

"There were plenty of campers and day trippers enjoying the good weather over the weekend," he said.

"Everyone was very well behaved, campers were practicing social distancing and following hygiene recommendations."

"I was pleased to see so many people back in the parks and enjoying themselves."