New restrictions for SA venues after two new COVID-19 cases

3 August 2020, Written by David Simmons

New restrictions for SA venues after two new COVID-19 cases

Venues in South Australia will be restricted to serving alcohol to seated patrons only from midnight on Tuesday night as the state records two new cases of COVID-19 today.

In addition, the number of people who can be at home gatherings will be reduced from 50 down to just 10.

Premier Steven Marshall says the new measures have to be imposed because of the situation in Victoria and the potential for seeding of virus in SA.

"We are concerned about seeding. We are concerned about community transmission, and we are absolutely focused, 100 per cent, on keeping ahead of the game. That's what we've done in South Australia since day one," says Marshall.

"We expect a very high level of compliance with these new restrictions."

Marshall also says the state's health authorities will be looking "very closely" at the density arrangements currently in place for licenced venues and will be announcing changes later this week.

"We're also going to be looking very carefully at the numbers who attend our football matches in South Australia and finally fitness studios," says Marshall.

SA recorded two new cases today, meaning the state has recorded nine new cases in the last 10 days.

Of the new infections, one is a returned overseas traveller in hotel quarantine and one is a close contact of a case announced yesterday.

"That particular person has one close contact who will be tested and isolated," says Chief Public Health Officer Dr Nicola Spurrier.

"That group of cases originated from Victoria. That will now be called a cluster."

Dr Spurrier says SA is on high alert because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Victoria.

"Obviously this is disappointing to South Australians starting to have this number go upand this absolutely reflects the situation in Victoria" says Dr Spurrier.

"This is a reflection of how transmissible this virus is and how quickly it is spread."

Updated at 1:55pm AEST on 3 August 2020.

 
Author: David Simmons

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