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SA coronavirus: New restrictions come into force, Parafield outbreak

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South Australians are waking to a raft of new coronavirus restrictions as health authorities try to stem an explosion in cases. Here’s what the new rules are.

A raft of new restrictions came into force in South Australia on Tuesday as the state wakes on high alert after an explosion in coronavirus cases.

New COVID-19 infections grew from three to 18 overnight from Sunday to Monday, with 13 linked to a cluster at Parafield in Adelaide’s north.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has swiftly introduced about a dozen new restrictions that came into force overnight to try and stem community transmission and get on top of the outbreak.

Gyms, recreation centres, trampoline and play cafes have been ordered to close, with an expected duration of two weeks.

Community sports fixtures and training has been temporarily cancelled, including both indoor and outdoor sports, contact and non-contact, with an expected duration of two weeks. Outdoor fitness activities are allowed to continue.

Funerals have been capped at 50 mourners and churches restricted to 100 parishioners, both with one person per 4sq m.

Weddings must register all guest details with Communicable Diseases Control Branch through an online form.

Private gatherings at licensed venues have been capped at 50, with one person per 4sq m and ‘vertical consumption’ – or drinking while standing – is banned.

Hospitality venues, including pubs, clubs and restaurants, have been restricted to 100 patrons per venue, with one person per 4sq m and no standing consumption, including in outdoor settings. The maximum booking size has been capped at 10 with seated dining only.

Only 10 people are able to gather at private homes, while entertainment venues, such as theatres and cinemas, are restricted to one person per 4sq m.

All activities with an approved COVID Management Plan scheduled for the next two weeks have been cancelled.

Masks have been made mandatory for service providers in personal care activities, such as nails, tattoo and hairdressers, while they are also encouraged for clients.

Masks are also mandatory in aged care facilities where physical distancing cannot be maintained, and personal care workers have been limited to working at one site.

Aged care residents have also been limited to two visitors per day and some facilities are imposing greater restrictions that are not official directions but choices made by the individual sites.

Schools will remain open.

South Australians that feel unwell or have symptoms have been urged to get tested, people have been told to work from home where possible and vulnerable residents have been encouraged to stay home.

Wearing a mask where it is not possible to physically distance, such as on public transport, has been advised and people have been urged to avoid unnecessary travel and having visitors to their homes.

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