SA to exit lockdown with news a positive case misled contact tracers

South Australia will exit its hard lockdown three days early, after it is revealed a case linked to the Woodville Pizza Bar mislead contact tracers.

South Australia will exit its hard lockdown at midnight, Saturday 21 November, as it is revealed a close contact linked to the Woodville Pizza Bar deliberately misled the contact tracing team.

“Had this person been truthful to the contact tracing team, we would not have gone into a six-day lockdown,” said Police Commissioner Grant Stevens.

According to the Premier, given this new information, restrictions are able to eased sooner than previously advised.

Premier Steven Marshall did state the cluster is still very dangerous, with contact tracers still attempting to locate thousands of potential contacts.

Effective immediately, exercise in family groups is now permitted.

As of midnight on Saturday, November 21, South Australia will be reverting to a series of restrictions, and the stay at home order will be repealed.

The following will apply as of midnight on Saturday:

  • One person per four square metres will apply.
  • Hospitality venues can open in adherence with density requirements and a maximum of 100 people.
  • 10 people permitted at private residences
  • 50 people permitted at private gatherings at licensed premises
  • 150 people permitted at weddings (no dancing or vertical consumption)
  • 50 people permitted at funerals
  • Gyms permitted to open
  • Hairdressers and beauty therapists permitted to open with masks mandatory, and encouraged for clients.
  • 100 people permitted at religious ceremonies (not including weddings or funerals).

Schools will also reopen as of Monday.

The Police Commissioner stated as of December 1, it is hoped South Australia will return to the level of restrictions that were in place on November 13, and the border with Victoria will be relaxed.

Masks are not mandatory, but are strongly recommended.

COVID-19 Case Update

Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier has confirmed South Australia has reported three new COVID-19 cases, all in quarantine.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” stated Professor Spurrier.

“We are expecting to see the number of cases in South Australia rising over the next couple of days.”

Professor Spurrier commented this is due to the number of contacts and close contacts linked to the Parafield Cluster who are now in quarantine.

25 cases have now been linked to the Parafield Cluster, and one person has been discharged from hospital. There are currently 44 suspected COVID-19 cases, and almost 4,500 close contacts, or contacts of close contacts, are in quarantine.

South Australia’s current active COVID-19 case number sits at 37.

More to come.

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