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July 19, 2021
Special Report

South Australia increases COVID-19 restrictions

From midnight Monday, 19 July, South Australia will move to level four restrictions, with indoor density capped at one per four square metres, indoor dining ruled out, masks mandated in high-risk settings, and the closure of non-essential retail, indoor fitness centres and personal care services.

  • Words: Johnny von Einem

Here we go again, South Australia.


For a list of exposure sites, see SA Health.

For detailed reporting on the current COVID-19 outbreak, see InDaily.

If the COVID-19 news cycle is affecting your mental health and wellbeing, call the SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line on 1800 632 753.

With the advent of new coronavirus cases in the South Australian community, Premier Steven Marshall announced the state would enter stage four restrictions, effective midnight Monday, 19 July (aka 00:00 on Tuesday).

As reported by InDaily this afternoon, the new restrictions include:

  • Closure of all “non-essential” retail shops
  • Closure of indoor fitness centres
  • Closure of all personal care services
  • A ban on all team and club contact sports
  • Density caps for venues of one per four square metres and only outdoor seated dining allowed
  • Private gatherings capped at 10, including weddings and funerals
  • Masks for all “high risk” settings, including for passenger transport services
  • Masks for all indoor spaces where physical distancing can’t occur

People are also being urged to avoid non-essential travel and strongly encouraged to work from home.

The Premier acknowledged the restrictions would be felt hard by the community but said “we do this because we only get one chance to stay in front of this disease”.

“If we wait until we get all of the reliable information it can be too late,” he said.

“We don’t want the long-term heavy restrictions we are seeing in other parts of the world and Australia.”

The Premier indicated the restrictions would be reviewed, and hopefully relaxed, on Friday.

SA Health has listed a number of exposure sites on its website.

Even if you haven’t been to the exposure sites, if you have developed symptoms for COVID-19, you are, as always, encouraged to get yourself tested.

For more information on the current restrictions and the outbreak, keep an eye on InDaily‘s coronavirus reporting.

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