South Australia will go into a hard lockdown for six-days starting at midnight tonight, in a desperate bid to halt the state’s COVID-19 outbreak.
A huge range of restrictions will be implemented across the state, with South Australian Premier Steven Marshall admitting he is “
“Time is of the essence and we must act swiftly and decisively. We cannot wait to see how bad this becomes,” Mr Marshall said.
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“We must act swiftly and decisively on the health advice to stay ahead of the game. That health advice is that we need a circuit breaker to stay ahead of this.
“We need breathing space for contact tracing to protect the elderly, to protect the vulnerable, to protect our entire community.
“That is why, today, I am asking you to rise to the challenge again,” he continued.
“As of midnight tonight we need our community to pause for six days. A series of wide ranging restrictions will be implemented to significantly reduce mobility in the community to stop the spread, to stamp out this virus.”
South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said open inspections and auctions for real estate, all outdoor sport and physical activity will come to halt.
Regional travel is not approved and people who are in a location at the commencement of these restrictions will be required to stay there.
Aged care and disability residential care will go into lockdown. Factories other than food and medical products will be closed, except for where it is necessary for them to remain open to prevent damage to machinery.
The construction industry will close for six days, holiday homes will not be available for lease or rental, weddings and funerals will be banned for six days, outdoor sport is not permitted and masks will become mandatory in all areas outside the home.
Supermarkets will remain open to
SA Police Commissioner Stevens said p
It comes after the concerning Parafield cluster grew by another two cases to 22 in the past 24 hours.
However, seven more people are waiting on test results.