South Australia is going into a six-day hard lockdown as of midnight tonight. On Wednesday there were only two new cases confirmed, bringing the total number of cases linked to the Parafield cluster to 22, plus an additional seven suspected cases that are being treated as infectious.

“We’re going hard and we’re going early,” Premier Steven Marshall said in a press conference. “Time is of the essence. We must act swiftly and decisively to stay ahead of the game.”

“We need a circuit-breaker. We have caught this cluster very early. We have an opportunity to stop the spread of this disease.”

From midnight tonight, masks are strongly encouraged (they are not mandatory as originally stipulated) in all spaces outside the home and most industries will be shut down. Here are the new restrictions:

Closed
• All universities and schools except for children of essential workers and vulnerable children
• Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes and food courts, including takeaway food
• Elective surgery, except for emergency operations and cancer treatments
• Open inspections and auctions
• All outdoor sport and physical activity
• Fifo workers on standstill
• Regional travel is banned
• Aged care and disability residential care in lockdown
• Factories other than food and medical products closed
• Construction industry closed
• Holiday homes not available for lease or rental
• Weddings and funerals banned

Permitted
• Supermarkets (only one person per household per day can go shopping)
• Medical and mental-health supplies and services
• Public transport
• Airport and freight services
• Petrol stations
• Access to financial institutions and post offices
• Childcare for families of essential workers
• Veterinary surgeries
• End-of-life visits

More to come.