BREAKING: South Australia forced into hard ‘six-day lockdown’

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 “going hard and going early”.

“Time is of the essence and we must act swiftly and decisively. We cannot wait to see how bad this becomes,” Mr Marshall said.


“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.”

From 11.59pm, all schools except for children of essential workers and vulnerable children will be closed.

Takeaway food will be shut, universities will be closed. Pubs, cafes, coffee shops and food courts will be closed, elective surgery except for urgent operations and cancer treatment will also be closed.

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 provide access to food and essential product, while petrol stations, access to financial institutions and post offices will be able to be accessed along with medical, including mental health.

The airport and freight services, including career services, will be able to operate, and mining, smelting and large factories will also be able to remain open but only those parts of the facilities that will need to operate to ensure continuity of service delivery or to prevent damage to the plant. 

Childcare will be available only for families of essential workers, and the minimum operations of government, including local government will continue to operate, along with Veterinary surgeons.

SA Police Commissioner Stevens said people will be restricted from going out of their house for a 6-day period, with the message to stay at home unless you are accessing essential services or you are an essential service.

“Food purchases will be available, you will be able to leave, one person per household once a day to access groceries,” Commissioner Stevens said.

“Agriculture will be able to move about to ensure the safety and welfare and processing of animals, and the production of dairy and other agricultural services.

“That is the list as it stands at this point but I’ve stressed we are still working on the final list in terms of what those restrictions will be and what will be allowed to operate and we will be updating further into the afternoon and evening if that list becomes available.”

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.