South Australian health officials have implored locals not to forget social distancing and other measures to combat the coronavirus.
With only one new infection in SA over the past 17 days, it’s feared there’s a growing complacency over the threat still posed by the disease.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Mike Cusack says social distancing and good hygiene remain vitally important to avoid a surge in the number of virus cases.
Dr Cusack said given the experience in the US and in Europe a “second peak” was always possible.
“We’ve seen the devastation that can be caused so I would strongly encourage people not to become complacent and to continue to do the right things,” he said.
Dr Cusack’s expresssed his concerns as thousands of people flocked to shopping malls and supermarkets on Saturday, many looking for Mother’s Day items.
He said their desire to get out after a period of lockdown or restrictions was understandable.
“But clearly the more we have people bunched together the more opportunity the virus has to jump from person to person.
“That effectively increases the risk of further outbreaks in the state.”
From today the state government will start to lift restrictions with all country accommodation to reopen, including caravan parks, hotels, motels and Airbnb services.
SA will also allow alcohol-free outdoor dining at cafes and restaurants and the resumption of outdoor sports training.
Universities and TAFE colleges will be allowed to resume face-to-face learning, public swimming pools, places of worship and libraries can reopen, and open house inspections and home auctions will be permitted.