South Australians emerged from a short-lived lockdown on Sunday to pack bars shops and cafes across the state

People walking with shopping bags in Adelaide.

South Australians emerged from a short-lived lockdown on Sunday to pack bars, shops and cafes across the state.

Key points:

  • South Australia’s stay-at-home orders lifted on Sunday after three days
  • Health officials say people need to stay vigilant about hand hygiene and physical distancing
  • A statewide system for checking in to venues is “close to completion”

It was a welcome return to trade for businesses that were forced to close their doors on Thursday due to the most recent coronavirus outbreak.

State health officials lifted the planned six-day lockdown early after the threat of widespread community transmission eased.

Premier Steven Marshall said the state was right to move quickly to contain the outbreak as failing to do so would have been “catastrophic”.

South Australians enjoyed the chance to leave their homes on Sunday.

Adelaide cafe owner Debra Robinson said she was relieved to open her venue, Laneway Espresso on Ebenezer, and she said her regulars were happy too.

“We had some great customers today who were eager to see us this morning,” Ms Robinson said.

A woman behind a cafe counter smiles

Debra Robinson was relieved to reopen her Adelaide cafe after the lockdown.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

Ms Robinson employs 10 casual workers at the cafe, and she has been able to keep them on her books despite disruptions to trade this year.

During the three-day shutdown, South Australian residents were ordered to stay at home and exercise in public places was banned.

Orangetheory Fitness instructor Dylan Trenerry said the studio’s members returned this morning full of energy.

“Everyone was excited to get back in. We had three full classes and had to open a fourth to accommodate,” Mr Trenerry said.

The fitness franchise closed during the first round of COVID-19 restrictions in March.

With the latest lockdown over, Mr Trennerry said he was “so very glad to be back”.

People at the gym on a line of rowing machines

Orangetheory Fitness scheduled an extra class to cope with the demand created by South Australians’ eagerness to return to the gym.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

Check-in system ‘close to completion’

While the toughest restrictions have been lifted, South Australians are being urged to remain vigilant, practise good hand hygiene and physically distance.

Health officials say it is too early to completely relax.

Contract tracers are still trying to reach anyone who came into contact with known hotspots. As of Sunday, there were 37 active cases in the state.

More than 4,500 people have been sent into quarantine for 14 days while officials assess the extent of community transmission.

They are still sending text messages urging people to self-quarantine while they wait for a call from SA Health.

South Australia does not have a statewide QR system for people to check in at venues yet, but SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said on Sunday one was “close to completion.”

The system is hoped to make it easier for contact tracers to find people who have been to large venues.

“The system we’re intending to have in South Australia is that the data comes in in real-time and sits within the Government,” Professor Spurrier said.

“It’s deleted after 28 days, but it means that CDCB [Communicable Disease Control Branch] and the contact tracers can access that data when they need it rather than waiting and then having to go down the track and do it later.”

She said it would be mandatory for some venues to offer the QR code, and they would be able to access it by updating their COVIDSafe plan.

Officials are also examining ways for people who do not have mobile phones to provide their names and contact details, Professor Spurrier said.

In the meantime, anyone who comes down with coronavirus symptoms needs to be tested.

Mask wearing is not mandatory, but Professor Spurrier said people should wear one if they were not able to physically distance the required 1.5 meters.

“It’s a bit inconvenient wearing a mask, but you get used it to,” she said.

“Don’t feel like you look silly. If we’re all wearing masks, we’re all going to look the same.”

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