Strict virus lockdown in South Australia to end earlier than planned

Elias Hubbard
November 21, 2020

While the outbreak is still a concern, he said restrictions would be lifted early - most businesses would be allowed to open today.

An unnamed male had hidden the fact that he was a worker at Woodville Pizza Bar in Adelaide, south Australia, instead claiming to officials that he had picked up coronavirus as a result of picking up a pizza as a customer.

The man initially told tracers that he became infected after purchasing a pizza from a shop where an employee has tested positive but Marshall revealed on Friday that he was a fellow employee at the shop - increasing exposure to the virus and leading to the case being reclassified from community transmission to a close contact.

Mr Marshall said the man was one of the cases linked to the Woodville Pizza Bar, and told authorities he was a customer.

"To say that I am fuming about the actions of this individual is an understatement", Mr Marshall said.

"We are absolutely livid with the actions of this individual and we will be looking very carefully at what consequences there [are] going to be", Mr Marshall added.

"His actions have affected businesses, individuals, family groups and it is completely and utterly unacceptable".

That is because, according to the state's police commissioner, Grant Stevens, there is "no penalty associated with telling lies".

"Had this person been truthful to the contact tracing teams, we would not have gone into a six-day lockdown".

On Wednesday, they ordered schools, shops, pubs, factories and even takeaway restaurants to close and stay-at-home orders were issued for residents across the state.

People in Adelaide and the rest of the state will be able to leave their homes immediately to exercise, and most other restrictions will be eased late on Saturday.

South Australia will be ending their lockdown early, starting from midnight Saturday.

"Premises will be restricted to a density of one person per four square metres [and] will be limited to 100 people in hospitality premises, table bookings will be still limited to 10 people".

Funerals will be allowed (capped at 50 people), as will weddings (capped at 150, with no dancing and no stand-up consumption).

Masks will be mandatory for personal-care providers such as hairdressers and beauty therapists (and encouraged for clients).

Schools will also reopen on Monday.

Friday's milestone came as Victoria established a "hard border" with South Australia that will allow only emergency or medical cases and truck drivers carrying freight to pass through.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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