Coronavirus Australia: Strict Level 4 Covid restrictions in Adelaide, SA, after man tested positive

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Strict new Level Four coronavirus restrictions in Adelaide after an 81-year-old man and his daughter tested positive – here are the rules you need to know

  • An 81-year-old man tested positive for Covid in Adelaide’s first case in months
  • He had travelled through Argentina before quarantining in NSW on way home
  • The man’s daughter tested positive. 15 close contacts are also now in quarantine 
  • Restrictions will be in place from midnight on Monday until Friday 

Three shock new coronavirus cases have emerged in Adelaide, prompting officials to bring in strict Level Four restrictions, which will see mandatory masks and thousands of non-essential businesses forced to close.

An 81-year-old Adelaide man sparked the city’s first Covid scare in months after testing positive following a trip to Argentina with his daughter, who has now also been confirmed to have the virus.

A close contact also tested positive on Monday afternoon – a man in his 50s.

The surprise cases prompted Premier Steven Marshall to bring in tough new restrictions, including a ban on indoor dining and mandatory masks indoors.

Private gathering at home will be capped at 10, non-essential retail will close and all gyms and contact sport will stop. 

Masks are required at indoor public locations, and working from home is strongly encouraged.

The restrictions begin at midnight and are set to continue until Friday, but Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said ‘this is not a lockdown’.

‘We need to restrict movement in the community,’ he said. 

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) announced the new restrictions on Monday

LEVEL FOUR RESTRICTIONS IN ADELAIDE:

Level four restrictions will begin at midnight on Monday and remain in place until Friday in the Adelaide areas.

– Private gathering at home will be capped at 10.

– Density for licensed premises back to one per 4 sqm or 25 per cent capacity.

– Non-essential retail will close.

– All gyms and contact sport will stop. 

– Masks are required inside public spaces, and on public transport.

– There will be restrictions on dancing and singing. 

– Personal care services (beauty salons and hairdressers) will close. 

– Shisha sharing at Shisha bars banned. 

– Working from home is strongly encouraged.  

Mr Marshall said: ‘We’ve only got one chance to get this right. We are very concerned. We are treating this as the Delta variant. We are going to go hard and go early.’

The elderly man turned up at South Australia‘s Modbury Hospital on Sunday night with virus symptoms, despite quarantining in NSW for 14 days on his return to Australia.

He also spent a further 10 days in a NSW hospital after injuring himself in a fall while in quarantine before returning to SA on July 8.

The Adelaide hospital’s emergency unit was closed and put into lockdown while deep cleaning took place.

The infected man turned up at South Australia's Modbury Hospital (pictured) over the weekend with virus symptoms, despite quarantining in NSW for 14 days on his return to Australia

The infected man turned up at South Australia's Modbury Hospital (pictured) over the weekend with virus symptoms, despite quarantining in NSW for 14 days on his return to Australia

The infected man turned up at South Australia’s Modbury Hospital (pictured) over the weekend with virus symptoms, despite quarantining in NSW for 14 days on his return to Australia

Pictured: Health workers perform tests at the Covid-19 testing facility in Victoria Park, Adelaide

Pictured: Health workers perform tests at the Covid-19 testing facility in Victoria Park, Adelaide

Pictured: Health workers perform tests at the Covid-19 testing facility in Victoria Park, Adelaide

EXPOSURE SITES IN ADELAIDE: 

Modbury: Commonwealth Bank – Tuesday July 13, 10:00am-11:15am and Wednesday July 14, 10:30am–12:15pm

St Agnes: Aldi – Tuesday July 13, 10.20 am to 11.30 am

Hindmarsh: Gaganis Bros – Friday July 16, 1:00pm–2:30pm

Golden Grove: OPSM – Saturday, July 17, 3pm–3:45pm 

Golden Grove: Shopping Centre on Saturday, July 17 between 3pm-4.45pm

Golden Grove: The Grove News Agency on Saturday, July 17 between 3.30pm-3.45pm

St Agnes: Shopping Centre on Tuesday, July 13 between 10.30am-11.30am

Anyone who was at Wigley Reserve in Glenelg on Friday, July 16 between 12.30pm-1.15pm should monitor for symptoms and seek testing if they present.

His daughter initially tested negative but has since tested positive, and is in quarantine. 

Sixteen of his close contacts are in quarantine, and five so far have tested negative.

The man had received one vaccine dose while in Argentina, but it was not known what type, said Mr Marshall.

Health authorities are now scrambling to determine where he caught the virus.

SA chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said everyone’s movements need to be restricted until contact tracers can work out where the man and his daughter went while infectious.    

‘What we do not have yet is all the people she and her father have come across over the past week,’ she said.

‘That’s why we have this time to restrict movement for people here in South Australia. We don’t have time. We ask the South Australian community to reduce movement while my team can do the contact tracing.’   

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens previously said it was very likely South Australians would be hit with higher Covid-19 restrictions. 

SA Health have identified a range of exposures sites in the city’s north-east and ordered anyone there at these times to isolate for 14 days, notify them and get tested on days one, five and 13.

South Australia has now closed its borders with NSW, Greater Brisbane and Victoria amid fresh outbreaks. 

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