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South Australia Police: ‘You Cannot Leave the House to Walk the Dog or to Exercise’

South Australia Police: ‘You Cannot Leave the House to Walk the Dog or to Exercise’

The news of South Australia floated under the radar until the South Australia Police tweeted that residents cannot even walk their dog or exercise during the six-day lockdown to combat COVID-19.

(Someone should tell Andrea that *she* is the Karen, not her husband)

The state went into complete lockdown Thursday night local time:

Officials also said many outdoor activities, including exercise outside of the home, are prohibited. Only one person per household is permitted to leave the home on a single day for essential activities, such as going to the grocery store.

Facial coverings in public are mandatory.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall announced the restrictions at a media briefing Wednesday afternoon local time, saying that a “circuit breaker” was needed in order to keep the community safe.

“We cannot wait to see how bad this becomes,” Marshall said.

“We must act swiftly and decisively on the health advice to stay ahead of the game. That health advice is that we need a circuit breaker. We need a circuit breaker to stay ahead of this,” he added.

The South Australia Police have a heavy presence on its border with Victoria.

It is now Friday, November 20, in South Australia. The police will remain on the “hard border” for 48 hours. They will leave when “a permit system comes into effect from 11.59pm on Saturday.”

The police check every vehicle that tries to cross the border. Truck drivers have an exemption, but must have their temperatures taken and can choose to have a COVID-19 test. Others with medical or emergency reasons can also cross the border.

You better believe the South Australia Police received a lashing on Twitter.


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A new virulent strain of Wuhan Flu has been reported in southern Australia. The authorities must be vowing the eradicate any and all strains. There will probably be no herd effect as there will not be a herd to affect. Australia and Japan have signed military agreements that China is upset about. Can’t understand why the furor… China is winning.

Brave Sir Robbin | November 19, 2020 at 7:46 pm

I do not think even North Korea is this oppressive.

This would be funny if it wasn’t so terrifying

It really is terrifying

Is there a typo here? Australia or Austria?

Are the Aussies putting up with this? I’d expect civil disobedience.

Should the Communists seize power in January, expect a similar attempt to turn the US into one big gulag.

Yet the virus will still spread. It will spread as long as there are hosts. Hiding away the healthy only delays the virus spread. But the “experts” see the surges that happen when lockdowns are eased as proof they did not implement them for long enough. Instead those surges are peaks as more hosts for the virus become available. If life was allowed to go on what you would see instead is a plateau of cases that gradually slope off as immunity gains hold.

A new virulent strain is worrisome but it is not to a virus’ advantage to kill off a bunch of hosts in rapid succession. So perhaps this is just a short term development.

Dog and cat owners in South Australia will probably be required to cull their pets or agree to costly quarantine. This could be one reason why they are forbidden to walk their dogs. No doubt the euthanasia will be done in a humane manner until it’s not.

empiricallyobvious | November 19, 2020 at 9:35 pm

The once broad shouldered Aussie nation will never reach herd immunity. They are now nothing more than a herd of feeble sheeple.
Compliance with your totalitarian masters will not bring freedom, rather it will bring servitude. Bet you silently wish you still had your guns. Those who trade freedom for security will garner neither…

Japan, no lockdowns, no restrictive mandates. From a population of over 100,000,000, there were less than 3,000 deaths attributed to SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19. The social contagion spread by press et al is more viable than the virus.

    Sanddog in reply to n.n. | November 19, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Japan is experiencing a covid spike right now with the their highest number of infections per day. Every place is going to get hit, it’s just a matter of time.

      henrybowman in reply to Sanddog. | November 19, 2020 at 10:35 pm

      Infections, shminfections. Infections are expected, they are necessary for herd immunity.
      What are the death numbers? Low deaths means low importance.

      Edward in reply to Sanddog. | November 20, 2020 at 12:02 am

      All the numbers, with the possible exception of people admitted to the hospital (for any reason) are simply estimates, as is the annual influenza deaths just an estimate, or if you prefer an “educated guess”.

      Man falls off a ladder on a construction site in Croatia (IIRC) and is dead on the scene. Tested for the virus and autopsied. He had pathological symptoms of the virus and a positive test, so he died of the virus. Guy dies in a motorcycle accident in FL, tested after death he is positive for the virus – death added to the Wuhan ChiCom Flu ranks. Heroin OD (OH or MO, don’t recollect which state) – positive test of the body, ChiCom flu death. This disease has been compared to deaths of men and prostate cancer. Because Prostate Cancer is usually a very slow progressing disease there are many men who die from other ailments, but also with Prostate Cancer. Very few men die of prostate cancer.

Freedom is Australians’ to loose.

Don’t back down, mates. You’ll never get up again.

I live in South Australia.

People here were generally willing to put up with a six day stay at home (two of which were over a weekend) in the interests of nipping the latest outbreak in the bud.

There was planty of public goodwill for a short term hard lockdown here – SA has had far lighter restrictions to date than other places and we’ve avoided major outbreaks. (Only 4 coronavirus deaths in total out of a population of 1.75 million).

The explanation for this lockdown was that it looked like there was a mutation of the virus that led to a much shorter incubation period, hence much more dangerous. Expectations were that the six days hard lockdown would be followed by eight days of lesser restrictions, but still fairly tough.

Four hours ago, the Premier announced that the lockdown ends at modnight tomorrow because it looks like the information about the shorter incubation period was a result of one of the new cases lying about his movements.

There was a hotspot at a pizza bar, and I think the liar said he’d only been there once to get a pizza when actually he was working there “under the table”, and when the Health Department went back and re-interviewed him because the story wasn’t adding up, he ‘fessed up.

You can leave the house for exercise, including walking your dogs effective as of four hours ago.

There will still be a lockdown until midnight tomorrow night, then a move back to much lighter restrictions. The authorities claim they want the extra day just to be sure they have this latest outbreak under contol.

I’ll give the Premier a bit of credit for realising the mistake and reversing course quickly, but there’s no doubt he’s squandered a massive amount of popular goodwill (political capital). It will be much harder to convince the SA public to go along with another lockdown given this “false start”.

I love geniuses who think they can control viruses. I love them even more when they think they should control a virus that’s about as deadly as influenza and as easily transmitted.

I’m with Tony Heller, what Aus and NZ have done is create a defenseless population that can’t be unlocked because any new infection will spread like wildfire as nobody has immunity.

    henrybowman in reply to randian. | November 22, 2020 at 12:40 am

    They’re the same geniuses who think they can control guns, which don’t slip through cloth masks or even most chain-link fences. And they have failed even at that for 60 years.