Coronavirus Australia: Adelaide SA to get $600 Covid relief payments in lockdown

South Australia has been declared a coronavirus ‘hotspot’ by Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, opening the door for residents to receive income support payments of $600-a-week.

Under the scheme, individuals who have lost between eight and less than 20 hours of work will be eligible for $375-a-week Covid-19 Disaster Payments, just like in Victoria and New South Wales.

For workers who have lost 20 hours or more, they will be entitled to subsidies of $600 a week during the period of the lockdown. 

Premier Steven Marshall announced on Tuesday the entire state would be in lockdown from 6pm on Tuesday for the next seven days, with only five lawful reasons for residents to leave home.

The call was made after two new locally acquired cases of Covid overnight, bringing the total number of infections in the state to five. 

The seven-day lockdown then prompted Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly to declare South Australis a ‘hotspot’.

Shortly after the announced, the federal government reassured South Australians that financial support for those left out of pocket ‘is on the way’. 

South Australia has been declared a coronavirus ‘hotspot’ by Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, opening the door for residents to receive income support payments of $600 a week. Pictured: long queues are seen a Centrelink in Sydney, also under lockdown, on July 20, 2021

Pictured: Health workers take samples from people in their vehicles at the Victoria Park Covid-19 testing station in Adelaide July 20, 2021

Pictured: Health workers take samples from people in their vehicles at the Victoria Park Covid-19 testing station in Adelaide July 20, 2021

How to apply for Covid-19 Disaster Payments

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? 

Individuals who have lost between eight and 20 hours of work will be eligible for $375-a-week Covid-19 Disaster Payments.

Workers who have lost 20 hours or more are entitled to subsidies of $600 a week during the period of the lockdown.  

HOW TO APPLY? 

Those affected can apply for payments through the myGov website from Wednesday, July 28.  

There will be no liquid assets test applied to eligibility for these payments and the handouts will be made in arrears for the lockdown.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE THE PAYMENTS? 

Services Australia will make the payments as quickly as possible, with some payments being made in less than an hour following an application 

‘Our Government will stand by South Australians, as we will with other states and territories, in support of those communities that are facing the economic consequences of extended lockdowns,’ the joint statement said.

It was signed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Minister for Government Services Linda Reynolds and Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience Bridget McKenzie. 

There will be no liquid assets test applied to eligibility for these payments and the handouts will be made in arrears for the lockdown.

Those affected can apply through the myGov website from Wednesday July 28.   

‘Services Australia will make the payments as quickly as possible, with some payments being made in less than an hour following an application,’ the joint statement said. 

The federal government is also reminding South Australians that anyone forced to self isolate is also eligible for payments of $1,500 to support them to replace lost income.

For workers who have lost 20 hours or more, they will be entitled to subsidies of $600-a-week during the period of the lockdown. Pictured: Prime Minister Scott Morrison

For workers who have lost 20 hours or more, they will be entitled to subsidies of $600-a-week during the period of the lockdown. Pictured: Prime Minister Scott Morrison

South Australia is dealing with an outbreak of five Covid cases of the delta variant. Pictured: Health workers perform tests at the Covid-19 testing facility in Victoria Park, Adelaide

South Australia is dealing with an outbreak of five Covid cases of the delta variant. Pictured: Health workers perform tests at the Covid-19 testing facility in Victoria Park, Adelaide

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S SNAP LOCKDOWN

From 6pm on Tuesday the state will enter seven days of lockdown.

Residents can only leave their home for five essential reasons.

These reasons are: 

1. For essential supplies 

2. For exercise (within 2.5km of your home, only with those from your household and only for 90 minutes a day) 

3. For medical care 

4. For care and compassionate reasons

5. For essential work 

Masks are also required in public indoor spaces and on public transport. 

Construction sites will also close. 

Under the lockdown, South Australian residents are only able to leave their homes for care and compassionate reasons, to exercise, for essential work, to get essential supplies, and for medical reasons. 

For exercise, residents can only travel within 2.5km of their homes, can only exercise with those from their household, and only for 90 minutes a day. 

Construction sites across the state will shut down for seven days and schools will transition to online learning from Thursday. 

‘We are dealing with a different highly contagious variant. We have seen this in Victoria. We don’t want this moving across our state as we have seen elsewhere,’ Premier Steven Marshall said on Tuesday. 

‘What we have seen in Victoria is a very rapid movement out of Greater Melbourne. We now worryingly have a case in Mildura,’ Mr Marshall said.

‘This is a disease which is fast moving. Until we have a clearer understanding of how widespread this is we have to take action to keep our state safe.’ 

The state’s chief health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier confirmed that state’s cases were the delta variant of Covid. 

On Monday the state recorded a fourth case of Covid-19 as the state began a round of tough new restrictions and authorities race to contain an outbreak of infections amid a growing list of exposure sites.

The cases now include an 81-year-old man who entered the country from Argentina, his daughter and another two men.

Premier Steven Marshall told Adelaide radio 5AA ahead of an official briefing on Tuesday the fourth case identified overnight was a man who’s a close contact of the elderly man and was already in quarantine.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) announced a seven day lockdown in his state from 6pm Tuesday

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) announced a seven day lockdown in his state from 6pm Tuesday 

Mr Marshall also said more testing sites would open in Adelaide on Thursday amid long queues at testing facilities on Monday and early Tuesday.

The outbreak has plunged thousands of people into quarantine with the list of more than a dozen exposure sites including at least four major shopping centres in Adelaide’s north and northeastern suburbs.

‘We only have one chance to get this right. Our focus from day one has been to go hard and to go early to minimise the level of disruption,’ Mr Marshall said on Monday.

‘We’ve got to respond quickly.’

Late on Monday, multiple new exposure sites linked to a person with COVID-19 were revealed, including a Coles supermarket at the Greenacres Shopping Centre in Adelaide’s northeast and a number of retail shops and a TAB at Munno Para in the north.

Pictured: Cars line up at the Victoria Park Covid testing facility on Wakefield Street in Adelaide, Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Pictured: Cars line up at the Victoria Park Covid testing facility on Wakefield Street in Adelaide, Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The lockdown supersedes previous restrictions announced for SA on Monday which included a density change to one person to every four square metres in all venues, and all team and contact sport cancelled.

Dining had to be seated with a ban imposed on dancing and singing.

Masks must be used in all indoor public areas, including shopping malls and also on public transport and in high-risk settings.

Fitness centres are closed along with other non-essential retail outlets.

Supermarkets and pharmacies and other essential businesses will continue to trade. 

Pictured: Adelaide's normally busy Rundle Mall is seen empty on day one of the lockdown in Adelaide, Thursday, November 19, 2020

Pictured: Adelaide’s normally busy Rundle Mall is seen empty on day one of the lockdown in Adelaide, Thursday, November 19, 2020

The elderly man with Covid had returned to Australia via NSW, where he spent 14 days in quarantine.

He returned to the state on July 8 and presented to a suburban hospital over the weekend after developing symptoms and was later admitted.

Adelaide’s other positive cases have been transferred to the Tom’s Court Hotel which is used to quarantine all those with an active infection.

‘We don’t draw any conclusions as to where this infection came from. We simply don’t know and it is very early days,’ Mr Marshall said on Monday.

‘Our primary concern at the moment is putting everyone who may have come into contact with this person into quarantine as soon as possible.’

Business SA Chief Executive Martin Haese said the new restrictions were another blow to the already struggling hospitality, events, tourism and retail sectors.

‘We hope there will be no extension to the restrictions beyond Friday.’

COVID EXPOSURE SITES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA 

If you were at any of the below locations at the specified dates and times, you and your household members must isolate for 14 days and immediately get tested. 

Adelaide – The Greek on Halifax Saturday 17 July – 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Craigmore – Topz Shopz 3/2 Zurich Road, Craigmore Sunday 18 July – 8.30am to 9.15am, Saturday 17 July – 11.00am to 11.30am

Golden Grove – OPSM, Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre Saturday 17 July – 3.00 pm to 4.45 pm

Greenacres – Coles, Greenacres Shopping Centre Friday 16 July – 2.30 pm to 3.45 pm

Hindmarsh – Gaganis Bros Friday 16 July – 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm

Modbury – Commonwealth Bank Wednesday 14 July – 10.30 am to 12.15 pm, Tuesday 13 July – 10.00 am to 11.15 am

Munno Para – Caltex Saturday 17 July – 9.10am to 9.55am

Munno Para – Dan Murphy’s Sunday 18 July – 11.00am to 11.45am, Saturday 17 July – 10.30am to 11.30am

Munno Para – Foodland, Munno Para Shopping Centre, Sunday 18 July – 11.15am to 12.00pm, Saturday 17 July – 9.00am to 10.00am

Munno Para – Smokemart & GiftBox, Munno Para Shopping Centre, Sunday 18 July – 11.00am to 11.45am, Saturday 17 July – 9.10am to 9.55am

Munno Para – TAB, Munno Para Shopping Centre Sunday 18 July – 10.45am to 11.45am, Saturday 17 July – 10.30am to 11.30am

Ridgehaven – Chemist Warehouse, Pelican Plaza Sunday 18 July – 5.40 pm to 6.00 pm

St Agnes – Aldi, St Agnes Shopping Centre Tuesday 13 July – 10.20 am to 11.30 am

Tailem Bend — OTR Motorsport Park service station, Dukes Highway Friday 9 July — 7.20 am to 8.15 am

Tailem Bend — Coolabah Tree Cafe Friday 9 July — 5.20 pm to 7.00 pm

Tailem Bend — Shell Coles Express Tailem Bend (including bathrooms) Friday 9 July 5.20 pm to 7.00 pm

Yattalunga — Tenafeate Creek Wines Sunday 18 July – 1.45pm to 4.30pm 

If you were at any of the below locations at the specified dates and times, you must immediately quarantine for 14 days since you were at the location and get tested immediately:

Golden Grove – Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre Saturday 17 July – 3.00 pm to 4.45 pm

Golden Grove – The Grove Newsagency, Golden Grove Village Shopping Centre Saturday 17 July – 3.30 pm to 3.45 pm

Modbury – Modbury Hospital Emergency Department Sunday 18 July 10.00pm to Monday 19 July 8.00am

St Agnes – St Agnes Shopping Centre Tuesday 13 July – 10.20 am to 11.30 am  

If you were at any of the below locations at the specified dates and times, you must get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and quarantine until you receive a negative result:

Greenacres – Greenacres Shopping Centre Friday 16 July – 2.30 pm to 3.45 pm

Munno Para – Munno Para Shopping Centre Sunday 18 July – 10.45am to 12.00pm, Saturday 17 July – 9.00am to 12.00pm   

.