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Hard Lockdown for South Australia for 6 Days


The South Australian Government has announced a series of significant measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Premier Steven Marshall, SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens and SA's Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier have spoken during a midday press conference with news of a six day lockdown to come into effect from 12.01am Thursday 19 November.

Effective from midnight for six days:

  • Masks should be worn in areas outside the home 
  • Regional travel not approved
  • Agricultural workers CAN travel
  • Stay at home unless you are accessing essential services
  • No guests allowed at your home
  • Food purchases can be made by one person per household per day
  • All schools to shut
  • Child care only for families of essential workers
  • Universities to shut
  • Outdoor sport cancelled
  • Physical activity outdoors not allowed
  • Takeaway food shops shut
  • All shops shut (except essential food services)
  • Elective surgery closed (except cancer)
  • Open Inspections and open auctions cancelled
  • Aged care and disability care in lock-down
  • Construction industry closed 
  • Weddings and funerals banned
  • Factories (other than food and medical products) closed, except where necessary to remain open to prevent damage to machinery 
  • Holiday homes not available for rental
  • Medical services remain open
  • Public transport open
  • Supermarkets and pharmacies open
  • Medical centres and Medical Health Services open
  • Financial Institutions and post offices open
  • Vetinary surgeries to remain open
  • Petrol Stations open
  • Airport and freight services, including courier services available
  • Local Government services open

Further restrictions will be announced for eight days following the six day lockdown.

Premier Steven Marshall says pausing community activity will significantly reduce the risk of the virus spreading further.

"We need this circuit breaker, this community pause. We are at a critical point, but we will get through this," he said.

All existing SAPOL directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

You will need to wait for further information in relation to this however, if you have any pressing questions in relation to COVID-19 information please contact the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

Story Jennie Lenman / Photo of Professor Nicola Spurrier from today's press conference