Major changes to SA’s Covid-19 rules

Premier Steven Marshall has unveiled significant changes to SA’s testing, tracing and isolating measures, to coincide with the state’s borders reopening on November 23.SA’s double dose vaccination rate currently sits at almost 74 per cent and authorities expect it to hit 80 per cent next week.Mr Marshall said there would be no changes to “public health and social measures” until the state hit a 90 per cent vaccination rate.“But we will be very, very significantly reducing the test, trace, isolate and quarantine requirements,” he told reporters on Monday.From November 23, fully vaccinated casual contacts of someone with coronavirus will have to isolate until their first negative test. Fully vaccinated close contacts will have their mandatory isolation period reduced to seven days.The SA government will also introduce new guidelines for “low risk casual contacts” who will face no quarantine or testing requirements.Someone is deemed low risk if they have been in the same setting as someone with the virus for less than 15 minutes.Under the new rules, unvaccinated people who come into contact with Covid-19 cases will still have to quarantine for 14 days. Mr Marshall also flagged the end to statewide lockdowns from next week.“In the past, we’ve had to take a pretty heavy-handed approach, quite frankly, because a single case could set off a cluster which would lock down our state,” he said.“As of next Tuesday, we will no longer have the threat of a whole-of-state lockdown.”SA’s borders will reopen to fully vaccinated travellers from anywhere in Australia, but quarantine requirements remain for people coming from local government areas with active outbreaks or where the vaccination rate is below 80 per cent.

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