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SA to Ease Lockdown Sooner than Expected

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South Australia's lockdown will be eased from midnight Saturday.

Premier Steven Marshall has made the announcement at today's press conference following the revelation that a close contact of a positive COVID case "deliberately mislead" contract tracers.

"Effective as of midnight on Saturday, the stay at home order will be repealed," Premier Marshall said.

"I will not let the disgraceful conduct of a single individual to keep SA in these circuit breaker conditions one day longer than what is necessary."

Commissioner Grant Stevens said the man claimed he had purchased a pizza at Woodville Pizza Bar but he had actually worked at the store across "several" shifts.

"That clearly changes the circumstances and had this person been truthful to the contact tracing teams, we would not have gone into a 6-day lock down," Commissioner Stephens said.

"The second consequence of that lie is this person has numerous associates, persons of interest that we are now trying to identify and locate that we would not have had to do so had they been truthful from the beginning.

"There is an absolute need for us to move quickly over the next 24, 36 hours to identify and locate these people so we know we have eliminated the risk of this particular strain spreading further into the community."

There is currently "no mechanism" for issuing a fine to the man under current laws according to the Commissioner.

Effectively immediately: people can exercise outdoors, including taking pets for a walk.

As of midnight Saturday, the state will revert to a series of restrictions similar to ones imposed at the beginning of this week:

• Premises will be restricted to a density of one person per four square metres.
• Premises will be limited to 100 people on premises hospitality premises and table bookings will be still limited to 10 people.
• Funerals will have an allowance of 50 people and weddings will return to an allowance of 150 but there will be no dancing or vertical consumption at weddings.
• Religious ceremonies will be restricted to 100 people.
• Private gatherings will be 50 people.
• Gatherings in private residences will be restricted to 10 people.
• Seated consumption is required across all venues that provide consumption of food and beverage on premises.
• Personal care providers, that's hairdressers, beauty therapists, will be required to wear masks and still strongly encouraging patrons of those facilities to wear masks at the same time.
• Gyms will be able to open at the same time as these restrictions come into place midnight Saturday
• Schools will be returning on Monday morning.

Photo of Commissioner Grant Stevens from a recent press conference