Residents told to stay home as state locks down

Residents told to stay home as state locks down

Coronavirus
Police commissioner Grant Stevens says people need to be considerate of others as we enter lockdown.

Police commissioner Grant Stevens says people need to be considerate of others as we enter lockdown.

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SA will go under a strict lockdown for the next six days as a "circuit breaker" in response to the COVID-19 outbreak discovered at the weekend.

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SA will go under a strict lockdown for the next six days as a "circuit breaker" in response to the COVID-19 outbreak discovered at the weekend.

From midnight tonight residents across the state were being asked to stay home where possible.

Premier Steven Marshall said no effort was being spared to stamp out the virus in this state.

"We are going hard and we are going early," he said. "We can't wait to see how bad this becomes."

Among the restrictions are the closure of schools, except for children of essential workers and vulnerable children.

Universities, takeaway food, pubs, clubs, cafes are also forced to close, while real estate open auctions and inspections are cancelled.

Police commissioner Grant Stevens said fly-in fly-out workers would be on stand still for the next six days, while regional travel was also not allowed.

"If you are in a location at the commencement of these restrictions, you'll be required to stay there," he said. "You should be able to justify the reason for any travel.

"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."

The latest government includes primary production as an essential service "only to ensure adequate supply of food and care of crops and animals".

While supermarkets and fuel stations will remain open, there will be limitations on access.

Masks are also expected to be worn.

Mr Marshall said this was critical to stop the spread and allow breathing space for a contract tracing blitz.

After the initial six-day period, there is expected to be a further eight days of other restrictions, albeit not as significant.

The following will remain operational for critical services only: 

  • Critical infrastructure including power, telecommunications, water;
  • Supermarkets for essential food;
  • Bottle shops;
  • Medical supplies and medical services;
  • Public transport;
  • Airport and essential freight;
  • Petrol stations;
  • Post offices and banking institutions;
  • Child care and schools for essential services workers only;
  • Veterinary;
  • Essential agriculture services ;
  • Factories remain open for essential machinery upkeep and production of essential products only; and
  • Mining and smelting for continuity and to prevent damage.

People will only be able to leave the house for the following reasons:

  • To go to work as an emergency services worker or to worker providing essential services;
  • For agricultural work;
  • To receive medical care including seeking COVID-19 testing;
  • To obtain medical supplies;
  • One person from the household once a day to attend supermarkets to obtain essential supplies;
  • Organised end of life visits;
  • In an emergency situation.

Exercise is not included on the list, and you can not leave your house to exercise.

The following businesses will close:

  • Takeaway food services;
  • Shops (excluding essential food services);
  • Universities and tertiary education facilities;
  • Pubs/restaurants/café/food courts;
  • Elective surgery/ except cancer;
  • Open inspections and auctions;
  • Fly in fly out worker;
  • Aged care and disability facilities will go into lockdown;
  • Construction industry;
  • Holiday homes and other holiday accommodation and no further bookings;
  • Wedding and funerals cancelled and banned;
  • Outdoor sport/fitness/exercise not permitted; and
  • Regional travel not permitted.

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