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Bushfire Safety During Lockdown in SA

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As SA goes into lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, restrictions will affect how some people can follow CFS bushfire safety advice.

Today, Thursday 19 November, is a severe fire danger rating day for the Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula, Murraylands, Upper South East and Lower South East.

Where Total Fire Bans have been declared, very hazardous fire weather conditions are predicted.

CFS recommends you review your Bushfire Survival Plan using up-to-date advice on the SA Health website: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID-19.

During this initial 6-day restriction period (between now and Wednesday 25 November at 12am) you can only leave your home for limited reasons. This includes during a bushfire emergency or if your home is unsafe.

Some relocation destinations in Bushfire Safer Places will not be available due to these COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Cinemas and other public venues will be closed.
  • Visits to shopping centres are for essential food shopping only
If you plan to stay with relatives or friends when you relocate to a Bushfire Safer Place, consider alternative arrangements if your plan is to stay with elderly relatives or immuno-compromised relatives or friends. This will reduce the risk of exposing vulnerable people to COVID-19.
 
If you are in self-quarantine or self-isolation due to COVID-19, you can leave your home if you are in an emergency or your home is unsafe – but try to get back into self-isolation as soon as you safely can.
 
During an emergency, if you need to attend an emergency relief centre or a Bushfire Last Resort Refuge, you need to stay outside, alert emergency services (e.g. SAPOL, relief authorities at the location etc) and follow instructions.
 
You must ensure you advise emergency services that you have been forced to leave self-quarantine or self-isolation due to the emergency and that:
  • you are a close contact of a known COVID-19 case
  • you have recently tested positive to COVID-19 or if
  • you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or
  • you are in self-quarantine because you have recently returned from interstate.
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