Business backs SA virus lockdown

Tim Dornin
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South Australia's six-day lockdown to contain a COVID-19 outbreak could be devastating for the state's economy, Business SA says.

The peak business group says while absolutely necessary, the lockdown restrictions are among the swiftest and toughest to date in any Australian state or territory.

"Today's six-day circuit breaker will send shock waves through all SA businesses," chief executive Martin Haese said.

"But it is absolutely needed. Business SA supports this and encourages every single business owner to support these measures.

"Today's restrictions will effectively shut down South Australia's economy for the next six days."

Under the restrictions, only supermarkets, petrol stations, medical centres, critical infrastructure, public transport, airport and freight services, banks, post offices and childcare for essential workers will be allowed to operate.

"This will hurt. But short-term pain will be better for our economy in the long run," Mr Haese said.

So far 22 coronavirus cases have been linked to the Parafield Gardens cluster in Adelaide's north but health authorities expect that number to grow.