The State’s planned six-day lockdown has come to an abrupt end.
SA’s recent community cluster sent the State scrambling to contain the outbreak, announcing a hard lockdown on Wednesday would be enforced for the following six-days.
However, Premier Steven Marshall revealed today one of the positive cases – an employee of an Adelaide Pizza shop – had lied to SA’s contact tracers.
The man told contact tracers that he was only a customer of the pizza shop, prompting concerns that health authorities were dealing with a “super strain” of the virus.
It prompted the decision to lockdown the State, forcing schools to close and even banning outdoor exercise.
But authorities have since discovered the man was not just a customer of the pizza shop – but an employee.
“We were operating on a premise that this person had simply gone to a pizza shop, (with) very short exposure and walked away having contracted the virus,” Mr Stevens said.
“We now know they are a very close contact of another person who has been confirmed as being positive with COVID. It has changed the dynamic substantially,”
He said the “disgraceful conduct” would not be tolerated or keep the State in lockdown any longer than was necessary.
“To say I am fuming about the actions of this individual is an absolute understatement,” he said.
“The selfish actions of this individual have put our whole state in a very difficult situation.”
The revelation will mean the six-day lockdown will end early, with outdoor exercise for family groups now allowed.
Further restrictions will end on Saturday, allowing restaurants to welcome back up to 100 patrons at a time, while weddings can resume with up to 150 guests.
However, consumption of food and drink is only allowed if people are seated.
Religious ceremonies will return but also be capped at 100 people, while all other private gatherings will be capped at 50 people.
Gatherings at private residences will only be allowed to have 10 people present.
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