South Australia Enters “Circuit Breaker” Lockdown

The six-day statewide restrictions are even tougher than those seen in neighboring Victoria.

Downtown Adelaide’s Victoria Square at twilight. (Photo: ymgerman/iStock)

Following the news that a Covid-19 cluster in metropolitan Adelaide had grown to 22 infections, a hard lockdown has now taken effect across South Australia. State Premier Steven Marshall warned that time was of the essence when he announced the “circuit breaker” measures at a press conference yesterday afternoon. “There is no second chance to stop a second wave,” he said. “We cannot wait to see how bad this becomes. We must act swiftly and decisively on the health advice to stay ahead of the game.”

Over the next six days, all non-essential workers are required to stay home; only one person per household is permitted to leave on a daily basis to buy groceries and other essential supplies. Residents can also venture outside to receive medical care (including Covid-19 testing). Supermarkets, pharmacies, and petrol stations are to remain open.

Masks should be worn outside of the home at all times, and all forms of outdoor sport and exercise are banned. To stem the spread of the virus in public places, South Australia’s government has opted for the wholesale closure of retail outlets, along with pubs, restaurants, cafés, and food courts, with no option for takeout. Schools and universities have been temporarily shuttered, though children of essential workers may still attend class if required. Factories will only be operational for critical upkeep and the production of essential items, while the construction industry must come to a complete halt.

To protect the most vulnerable, aged care homes have gone into lockdown. Weddings and funerals are banned for the time being, and regional travel is also prohibited. State officials say the “six-day pause” will be followed by another eight days of less severe restrictions.

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