South Australia imposes new restrictions to ‘stay in front of the game’

SA Premier Steven Marshall.

South Australians are facing new coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday after a new cluster of COVID-19 cases emerged.

Home gatherings will be capped at 10 people, down from 50, and patrons can only drink alcohol in licensed premises while seated. Authorities are also “looking very closely” at more crackdowns.

Premier Steven Marshall said authorities were investigating reducing “density” in bars, clubs and restaurants from one patron per 2sqm, as well as slashing AFL crowds by half to 10,000 fans.

“We expect a very high level of compliance,” Marshall said. “We are extremely concerned about community transmission.”

Marshall said he did not want the situation to escalate to stage four restrictions as seen in Victoria.

“This would be absolutely devastating to every business, absolutely devastating to every single person’s quality of life,” he said. “So we are going to do everything we can to stay in front of the game.”