SA to implement state-wide restrictions tonight as yet another case confirmed

SA to implement state-wide restrictions tonight as yet another case confirmed

UPDATE 20 JULY: South Australia will go into a seven-day lockdown from 6pm on 20 July. Read more here.

Premier Steven Marshall has announced that the daughter of the 81-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 today has also returned a positive result, escalating concerns and prompting significant restrictions in the state.

"The positive result for the daughter is very significantly increasing our anxiety at the moment," he says.

Level 4 restrictions will be put in place as of midnight tonight, setting limits of 1 person per 4 square meters. Private activities have been capped at 10 people. 

People will be allowed to dine outdoors, but food and beverages can only be consumed when seated.

Any form of non-essential retail will be closed. Pharmacies, grocery stores, dry cleaners, newsagents and post offices will remain open.

Masks will be necessary for high risk settings, including indoor spaces where physical distance cannot be maintained, and public transport.

"We're very concerned about this situation, we are assuming it is the Delta variant. We can see what happens in other jurisdictions around the world where there are delays in putting restrictions in place. We don't want that in South Australia.

"Our focus right from day one has been to go hard and to go early and to minimise disruption to business," says the Premier.

Premier Marshall says there is no specific direction about working from home, although it is strongly encouraged. Authorities also want to limit mobility to regional SA, especially in the Riverland which is on alert given the new case reported over the border in Mildura, VIC.

All indoor fitness will be closed, along with bans on team or club contact sport.

Restrictions on dancing, singing and the use of shisha will also be implemented. 

To see the developing exposure sites in South Australia, click here

The restrictions will be reviewed on Friday, 23 July.

Updated at 5:02pm AEST on 19 July 2021.

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