COVID-19

Ease of restrictions for South Australia from midnight Wednesday

Following tremendous cooperation from the South Australian public, restrictions are set to ease this week.

Premier Steven Marshall, Health Minister Stephen Wade, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier and Police Commissioner Grant Stevens addressed the South Australian public today following the state transmission committee meeting, on what marks the state’s sixth day out of lockdown, with a new, heavier round of restrictions that were put in place since last Wednesday.

Two weeks ago today we were facing a real battle in South Australia with the knowledge that we had a COVID case confirmed of the Delta variant. South Australia went hard, but early, and now the situation is very changed and in a positive way. The change has lead to the transmission committee deciding on the ease of restrictions come 12:01am Thursday this week, with some staying in place.

The updated restrictions as of 12:01am Thursday 5 August is as follows:

  • 50% capacity, 1per 2 square metres
  • 1 per 4 square metres in gyms
  • Sports may return for competition but some conditions with regards to number of spectators
  • Home gathering capacity remains at 10
  • Singing and dancing restrictions to stay in place
  • Masks in high risk settings, personal care services, indoor public places, passenger transport services, healthcare services, theatres
  • Masks are strongly encouraged everywhere else, including workplace common areas
  • Weddings and funerals remain at maximum 50 people

Nicola spurrier then commented on the current situation with the Modbury outbreak noting that the efforts of South Australians have seen the tremendous control of the cluster to date.

There is one new case today who is a child who travelled fro overseas and is currently in a medi-hotel with her parents. The infection is a historical infection, totalling 28 cases in the state with 21 linked to the Modbury cluster.

Yesterday saw nearly 1,000 COVID tests in South Australia, with Spurrier urging people to continue to wear their masks and make use of the QR code check in system.

BORDER UPDATE

Marshall was asked over the weekend to consider reasons to move from one side if the border to the other, which were currently for medical reasons and essential shopping. On this, the addition of people able to cross for sport will be added.

Level 6 arrangements are in place with Queensland, meaning they are not permitted to enter, however SA locals may return and if they’re in the south east of Queensland they need to do 14 days of home quarantine, with SA locals returning from other areas needing testing on days one, five and 13.

No further check points will be added at present said SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens, noting there are currently enough in place in NSW and QLD with adequate officers on site.

VACCINE UPDATE

Marshall noted that there would be more Pfizer vaccines coming into South Australia at the end of this month, with hopes to ramp up the overall vaccinations in the state.

COVID-19 TESTING SITE UPDATES

Bookings are now required for the Ridgehaven WaterworldRepat Health Precinct and Port Adelaide (Mundy St)

Bookings are required at Victoria Park Pakapakanthi from 10am-8pm (outside of these hours, bookings are not required).

When you book online, you may be placed in a virtual queue. This may happen when there is increased demand on the website.

Follow SA Health’s post on Facebook (link here) for the latest updates on testing sites impacted by the weather. To find an alternative COVID-19 testing site near you, please visit: sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting

ALL SOUTH AUSTRALIANS WHO HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 SHOULD GET TESTED ON THE DAY SYMPTOMS APPEAR.

Symptoms include:

– Fever or chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
– An acute respiratory infection e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath
– Loss of smell or alteration in the sense of taste
– Diarrhoea and vomiting

For more information: SA COVID-19 Information Line 1800 253 787; sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVID2019.

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