COVID restrictions return in SA from midnight

By Raquel Mustillo

SOUTH Australia will reintroduce restrictions as of midnight tonight in response to a coronavirus cluster in the state’s capital city.

Gatherings at private residences will return to a maximum of 10 people after a COVID-19 outbreak spiked to 17 cases as of Monday afternoon.

In a press conference this afternoon, Premier Steven Marshall outlined the new restrictions, saying the next 24 hours was critical and authorities were acting swiftly to restrict the spread.

All inbound international flights into Adelaide has been suspended for the rest of the week.

Gyms, recreation centres and play cafes will close for two weeks, while community sports fixtures and training – both indoor and outdoor – will be temporarily cancelled.

Funerals will be capped at 50 people, churches will be capped at 100, but there are no changes to weddings.

Private gatherings at licensed venues will be restricted to 50 people and pubs, clubs and restaurants will be capped at 100 per venue, with a maximum booking of 10 people.

Masks will be mandatory for staff at nail salons, tattoo parlours and hairdressers and voluntary for clients and will also be required at aged care facilities.

Personal care workers will be limited to work in one aged care facility and visitors to aged care facilities will be restricted to two visitors per day.

The four square metre rule will reapply to all facilities.

All schools in South Australia will remain open.

Mr Marshall expected the restrictions to remain in place for at least two weeks.

He urged individuals to work from home where possible and stressed vulnerable people should remain at home and avoid visitors.

The Premier advised against any unnecessary travel and to wear a mask where close contact was unavoidable, such as on public transport.