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July 26, 2021
Special Report

South Australian lockdown to lift from midnight Tuesday night

The lockdown will lift on Tuesday night, with new restrictions including a density cap of one person per four square metres and seated dining and drinking. The Premier said venues will not return to a density of three people per four square metres until "sometime further down the track".

  • Words: Johnny von Einem

South Australia will come out of its seven-day lockdown on schedule, with Premier Steven Marshall announcing at a press conference on Monday the stay-at-home order will lift one minute past midnight on Tuesday night


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The end of the lockdown is dependent on no new COVID-19 cases being found in the community before midnight on Tuesday.

There will still be restrictions in place when the lockdown ends, including:
—a density restriction of one person per four square metres;
—seated consumption only of food and beverage, indoors and outdoors;
—no sheesha;
—no dancing or singing indoors;
—masks required in all high-risk settings (personal care services, passenger transport, healthcare, schools, indoor public spaces such as shops);
—a household cap of 10 people, including members of the household;
—weddings and funerals capped at 50 people, with a venue capacity of one person per four square metres;
—gyms operating at a density of one person per eight square metres.

Theatres and cinemas will be allowed to reopen with a density of one per four square metres, whereas larger events of more than 1000 people will be required to create and abide by a COVID management plan.

Masks will no longer be required outside of high-risk settings, but the Premier and Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier have said it is highly recommended South Australians continue to wear masks when in public, in shared spaces like offices, and anywhere you might reasonably come into contact with a person from outside of your household.


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Premier Marshall said “we’re taking it one week at a time,” with the restrictions listed above to be in place for at least a week.

He said the transition committee will continue to meet regularly to chart the further easing of restrictions into the future.

The Premier also said the coronavirus situation in Victoria and New South Wales was concerning.

“All of the advice that we are receiving now is that South Australia is on high alert with this Delta variant,” he said.

“We’ve just seen how transmissible it is. We had a removalist from New South Wales travelling into South Australia, back through Victoria, and Victoria’s on a 12-day lockdown.

“So I think we’re going to have to recognise that until we have the vaccination rate significantly up across Australia then we’re going to have to be very, very careful.”

Prior to the COVID-19 scare triggered by the Sydney removalists, South Australian venues were operating at a density of three people per four square metres, or three quarters of their full capacity.

According to the Premier, it will be some time before restrictions are eased to that level.


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“I think we’re going to see a lot higher level of mask-wearing going forward, and I don’t think we’ll be back to [a density of] three [people] per four square metres in the coming weeks. I think that will be sometime further down the track.”

Businesses and sole traders may be eligible for the State Government’s Business Support Program, which was announced this month.

To check if your business is eligible, visit the website.

South Australian individuals affected by the lockdown may also be eligible for the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Disaster Payment.

To check if you’re eligible for federal support, see the website.

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