South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has today announced a number of strict new measures to combat the state’s COVID-19 outbreak, effective midnight tonight.
In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Marshall explained that South Australians will effectively be put on “pause” for six days in a strong attempt to stop the spread.
For starters, masks will be required for all areas outside of the home, bringing the state in line with Melbourne’s current guidelines.
In addition to a mask mandate, South Australia as we know it will essentially shut down, with all non-essential services closing for six days and residents being urged not to leave the house unless it’s for one of the four essential reasons.
As of midnight tonight, the following things will be closed:
- All s
- Pubs, cafes, coffee shops and food courts – INCLUDING takeaway.
- Elective surgery – with the exception of emergencies and cancer treatment.
- Open inspections.
- Outdoor sport.
- The construction industry.
- Aged care and disability residential care will be closed to visitors and in a hard lockdown.
In addition to that, all funerals will be cancelled for the next six days, and regional travel is banned across the state.
Supermarkets and essential services such as post offices and financial services will remain open, but only for crucial needs.
Much like the Melbourne lockdown, South Australians will have to follow the rule of one person leaving the house for grocery shopping, per household per day.
More information to come, for health-related questions, please visit the SA Health website.