Tuesday 20 July 2021
Dear sector colleagues,
COVID-19 update: Level 5 'stay at home' orders
This morning the Premier announced that, following a case of COVID-19 acquired in the community linked to the cases announced yesterday, South Australia will enter into lockdown from 6.00 pm this evening for a period of seven days.
There are only five reasons to leave home
- Care and compassion
- Essential work
- Purchase of essential work
- Medical reasons (including COVID testing and vaccination)
- Exercise (limited to members of the same household).
Masks will be required when leaving the home.
These new Level 5 restrictions will be reflected in a new Public Activity Direction, which will be published on the sa.gov.au website later today.
All non-essential workers must now work from home.
Essential workers allowed to leave home
Essential workers are allowed to leave home to attend work, and includes anyone who performs work in the following services:
- care services for people with particular needs because of homelessness, age, infirmity, disability, illness, a chronic health condition or other essential support services (such as family violence and sexual assault services) (in accordance with the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 36) (COVID-19) Direction 2021 (if applicable), or a direction that substitutes for that direction).
Schools and childcare centres
Schools and childcare centres will be closed tomorrow with a 24-hour transition period in place for teachers to arrange at-home learning.
Schools and childcare will remain open for essential workers and children at risk – please liaise with your provider as required.
The number of exposure locations associated with this current outbreak continues to grow. It is essential that you check the SA Health contact tracing website on a regular basis as more exposure locations are added.
Please ensure that you follow the directions of SA Health relating to testing and quarantining.
If you have any questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact DHS’s COVID-19 Response team at DHSCOVIDResponse@sa.gov.au