‘Harsh warning’ of new restrictions

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens flagged the potential of restrictions after he addressed the media on Wednesday night. Following his meeting with SA Health he said authorities were “very concerned” by the current situation and were meeting on Thursday morning to discuss if “further steps” needed to be taken.Three sites at Tailem Bend have so far been identified as confirmed as exposure sites, where the removalists stopped along their route to McLaren Vale to help permanently relocate a family from NSW. Two of those locations are the Shell service station and the attached Coolabah Tree cafe.Because there were 76 credit card transactions and only 25 check-ins at the premises, Mr Stevens said it was a “major factor” when considering the level of restrictions across the state. “We need to be confident that the South Australian community are doing the right thing and using the QR check-ins so we can actively contact trace anybody who may have been exposed,” he said. So far, authorities have identified at least 118 people who visited the service station or cafe between 5.20pm and 7pm last Friday.They are currently in isolation and have returned negative tests.The Commissioner — who is also the Covid-19 State Coordinator — delivered a “harsh warning” to South Australians to do the right thing by using QR codes at all locations, obeying requirements and restrictions and to get tested if they had any symptoms. “I need people to understand just how serious this is and how close we are to imposing further restrictions on the community of South Australia. “We are not doing that now, but it is something we are actively considering as we watch what happens in other places.”The OTR Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend was listed as the third exposure site and anyone who visited the service station between 7.20am and 8.15am last Friday needs to immediately quarantine and get tested. A fourth site is still being investigated.It was announced earlier in the week that truck and freight drivers entering SA would now need to undergo mandatory testing, which came into effect at 12.01am Thursday morning.

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