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- South Australia imposes new restrictions as coronavirus cluster grows
A ray of hope for some in South Australia.
Schoolies – the traditional week in which students finishing high school kick up their heels – will still go ahead despite a concerning cluster of COVID-19 cases in the state.
There will be some recommendations made with short-term accommodations and licensed venues will still need to follow caps on patron limits.
"The schoolies are likely to continue. The travel recommendations don't apply to schoolies," said SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens.
"There are specific recommendations with short-term accommodation and they must be complied with. At this point there are no changes to that."
From midnight tonight just 10 people will be allowed to gather at a home in South Australia.
If, for example, six people currently live in one household that means they are only permitted four guests at any one time.
The limit includes children.
Anyone arriving in Western Australia from South Australia will subject to strict conditions when they enter the state.
Premier Mark McGowan made the announcement just days after the state lifted its hard border.
Due to a cluster in Adelaide, he has ruled anyone from South Australia who arrives after 6pm today must have a COVID-19 test on arrival and quarantine for 14 days.
"We cannot take any chances and that is why we moved so quickly yesterday," Mr McGowan said.
South Australia has now been classified as "medium risk" by the WA health authorities.
There is no deadline for when these restrictions will end, and Mr McGowan has not rule out further tightening of the rules.
"Bringing back the hard border is under serious consideration," he said.
"Please do not come to WA at this point if you don't have to," Mr McGowan added.
There was one new case of coronavirus in the state, a returned traveller from Indonesia, who is in hotel quarantine.
Unlike the model followed by Victoria, restrictions for South Australia will apply to both regional and metropolitan residents.
The state's Chief Public Health Officer Dr Nicola Spurrier said it is likely restrictions will stay for two weeks but that they could be lifted earlier.
"We will go hard and go early. But we will be reviewing it," Dr Spurrier said.
"We say two weeks. But it may be lifted earlier."
Dr Spurrier has said while South Australia is currently facing a second wave of the virus, the initial numbers of positive cases do not confirm it is currently in one.
"What we are facing is, indeed, a second wave but we haven't got the second wave yet," Dr Spurrier said.
"We are in very, very early days.
"So the first thing we need to do is, from my team's point of view, is the testing, contact tracing and getting people into quarantine very, very quickly."
Dr Spurrier has confirmed that contact tracers believe the Parafield Gardens cluster came from a "medi-hotel", the term used by the state to describe secure hotel quarantine.
"From our initial review of this, it is clearly from a medi-hotel. What we're awaiting on is the results of our genomic testing," Dr Spurrier said.
"We have one person that's employed by the hotel and and then there are two security guards."
A failure in protocol of hotel quarantine was largely responsible for Victoria's second wave.
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