SA enters day one of coronavirus lockdown.
South Australians are spending their first day in lockdown as the state embarks on a six-day "circuit breaker" to contain a COVID-19 cluster.
The government says the pause in most community activity will significantly reduce the risk of the virus spreading further.
It could also prevent the need for a much longer Victorian-style shutdown.
A new Direction has been issued in relation to the Stay at Home requirements for South Australia as a Circuit Breaker to the current COVID-19 outbreak. For more please visit: https://t.co/YMRb4wC2vf pic.twitter.com/F858kX5Z90— South Australia Police (@SAPoliceNews) November 18, 2020
"We need this circuit breaker, this community pause. We are at a critical point," Premier Steven Marshall said.
From Thursday all schools are closed along with universities, pubs, cafes, retail stores, food courts and takeaway food outlets.
Regional travel is banned and aged care centres are in lockdown.
Factories are closed, along with the construction industry, and elective surgery has ceased.
Weddings and funerals are banned along with all outdoor sport and exercise and masks will be required outside the home.
People who are not essential workers will only be allowed to leave their homes once each day to buy groceries or to seek a COVID-19 test or other medical treatment.
Supermarkets, petrol stations, medical centres, critical infrastructure, public transport, airport and freight services, banks, post offices, school and childcare for essential workers and veterinary services are open.