South Australia has begun its six-day “circuit-breaker” lockdown, closing all schools and forcing people to stay inside in a bid to stop the spread of a second wave of coronavirus.
From midnight local time (12.30am AEDT) a raft of new restrictions began that are even harsher than those seen in Victoria during its outbreak.
“There is no second chance to stop a second wave,” Premier Steven Marshall said yesterday.
“We cannot wait to see how bad this becomes. We must act swiftly and decisively on the health advice to stay ahead of the game.”
People will be restricted from going out of their house, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said.
If South Australians do leave their home, they must wear face masks.
Supermarkets and petrol stations will remain open.
All schools will shut down, except for students of essential workers.
Universities, pubs, cafes, takeaway food shops will also close.
Aged care and disability residential care will be in lockdown.