SA on board with national reopening plan

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South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has thrown his full support behind the national COVID-19 recovery plan, indicating state lockdowns and lockouts will become a thing of the past before Christmas.

The plan that sees restrictions start to ease at vaccination rates of 70 and 80 per cent has caused consternation in some states, but not SA.

"Once we get to double dose 80 per cent vaccination across South Australia we will certainly move away from state lockdowns," Mr Marshall told Sky News' Sunday Agenda program.

"We will get to the double dose vaccination well before Christmas here in South Australia."

Double dose vaccinations for people aged over 16 in SA are currently running at a fraction above 40 per cent.

He said he was not seeing much hesitancy to get vaccinated compared to a couple of months ago.

"There is a lot of time to go until we get to that position, but we do know that as we increase our vaccination rate we reduce that transmission rate, we reduce hospitalisation," he said.

"It is going to be a tough period over the next three or four months."

He also expects to move away from whole-state lockouts, and more towards exclusions of local government areas and exposure sites.

The premier expects businesses may insist on people being vaccinated, but that's not something governments will endorse unless it is agreed at the national cabinet level.

Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan welcomed Mr Marshall's backing of the national plan.

"That's wonderful news, in particular for our domestic tourism industry," he told Sky News.

He said 660,000 jobs rely on people being above to move, particularly between state and territories.

South Australia reported two new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, a man aged in his 40s and a woman in her 50s. Both were infected while overseas and have been in quarantine since arriving in Australia.

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