South Australian border opening now 'under cloud' after Victorian outbreak

| 29.06,20. 02:23 PM |

South Australian border opening now 'under cloud' after Victorian outbreak

SA's premier Steven Marshall addresses the media, June 29. (9News)

South Australia's Premier Steven Marshall says the state will move into stage three of lifting coronavirus restrictions despite the recent outbreak in nearby Victoria.

Under the new rules, South Australians will be able to attend theatres and the social distancing density will reduce from one person per four square metres, to one person per two square metres.

Mr Marshall said while restrictions were happily easing within the state, the proposed opening of the state border with Victoria in three weeks' time was now "under a cloud".

"Remain very, very concerned about what is happening in Victoria," Mr Marshall said.

"We will not be opening our borders to Victoria if it is not safe to do so."

Mr Marshall said after receiving a large amount of feedback, the state government would also not be implementing proposed changes to the state's bus schedule and routes.

South Australia's state borders were due to open on July 20, but the evolving situation around Victoria has placed that in jeopardy.

Overnight, Victoria recorded 75 fresh COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's confirmed total to 2099.

That comes on top of 90 new cases found over the weekend in a massive testing blitz.

The state's chief health officer said it was a concerning number.

"I think it will get worse before it gets better," Brett Sutton said.

"It is very hard to make reductions in this space. What I would say is that we know what works already. We just need people to do it."

He said the new cases would have been infected almost a week ago, before an intense communications and testing campaign began.

Mr Morrison said the outbreak was concerning but not surprising.


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