South Australia Covid lockdown restrictions: update to coronavirus rules for Adelaide and regional SA

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<span>Photograph: Kelly Barnes/AAP</span>
Photograph: Kelly Barnes/AAP

South Australia began a one-week lockdown at 6pm Tuesday, 20 July to contain the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant.

The state’s premier, Steven Marshall, announced the return of the strict measures after SA’s cluster grew to five cases, including someone who dined at the same restaurant as a confirmed case.

It means the state moves from the stage four restrictions implemented on Monday night to stage five.


When can I leave my house?

From 6pm, stay-at-home orders will be in place, restricting people from leaving home except for five reasons:

  • exercise

  • essential work if you can’t work from home

  • compassionate or care giving reasons such as looking after a loved one

  • shopping for essential goods such as food

  • medical reasons, including getting a Covid test or vaccination

Only one person per household can go to a supermarket per day.

How far can I travel from home?

People are being asked to minimise their movement and exercise will be limited to within 2.5km of home from 6pm.

The Victorian cross-border bubble has been reduced from 70km to 40km, with residents only allowed into SA for work, study, care, essential shopping or getting a Covid-19 vaccine. They must also get regularly tested for Covid-19 and wear face masks in public.

Can I have people in my home?

Visitors to the home are not allowed.

Related: South Australia Covid exposure sites: full list of Adelaide and regional SA hotspots and coronavirus case locations

What are the rules for exercise?

Exercise is limited to people from the same household and you must stay within 2.5km from home.

Gyms and indoor fitness venues must close. Team and contact club sport will be cancelled.

What are the rules for wearing face masks?

Masks must be worn when you leave home.

Can I dine in at a restaurant or cafe?

Restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to open for takeaway only.

Are the shops open?

Non-essential retail must close.

Essential retail – including supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations – will remain open.

Will sporting matches still go ahead?

Team and contact club sport is cancelled. Spectators are not allowed at professional sports games or training.

What about weddings, funerals and religious services?

Weddings and funerals are capped at 10 people. It’s unclear if they will need to be cancelled under the stage five restrictions.

Can I visit aged or disability care centres?

Visitors will not be allowed to aged care and disability care centres.

Are schools open?

Schools are expected to close, except for children of essential workers, with online learning to start Thursday.

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