SA announces no new cases of COVID-19 ahead of lockdown lifting at midnight

SA announces no new cases of COVID-19 ahead of lockdown lifting at midnight

South Australia has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 today, prompting the state to proceed with the planned lifting of lockdown settings at midnight tonight.

However, strict restrictions will remain including seated consumption of food and beverages, and mandatory mask wearing in certain settings.

"Thank you very much to all of those people who helped us get to this situation," says South Australian Premier Steven Marshall.

"I will particularly like to thank those people who had to go into a directed quarantine situation either at home or in the medi-hotel."

The shift will still see strong measures put into place to reduce any risks of further community transmission.

"I think we're going to be getting used to seeing far more masks around South Australia," the Premier said.

"We know the situation in New South Wales at the moment, so we do need to be at a higher level of readiness."

Masks will be necessary in care facilities, personal care services such as hairdressers (for the worker and the client), and indoor public places like supermarkets.

Students and staff in education will also receive support, with twelve trucks delivering facemasks for secondary schools. Masks are also being highly recommended within other workplaces. 

The $100 million business support package has already been delivered to 2,500 businesses across the state, giving them access to the $3,000 emergency grant.

Training for sport has been deemed acceptable, however matches will not be allowed for the following week. Chruch services will also be allowed to resume with one person per 4sqm. Singing in a choir will be banned, with only one performer allowed at a time. 

The current outbreak in NSW is still causing concern for authorities in SA. 

"Our thoughts are with the people in New South Wales," Marshall said.

"We have a huge number of applications for people to return to South Australia.

"We are trying to get through those in a priortised way but the risk of people coming in from New South Wales is actually higher than people coming from overseas."

There are a total of 25 active cases in South Australia, and two people are in hospital. 

Updated at 12:00pm AEST on 27 July 2021.

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