More national changes unveiled in bid to stop coronavirus spreading

Drastic new measures have been handed down to South Australians in a bid to further prevent the spread of the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases.

The latest restrictions - designed to keep society functioning and keep people safe - involve no more congregating in the community and no socialising in groups at home.

New changes take effect from Tuesday, March 25, at midnight.

Chief health officer Professor Brendan Murphy told residents to stay home unless it is essential to go out.

During a televised media conference, Professor Murphy with the Prime Minister urged people to "stop congregating" and where possible work from home.

Other restrictions mean no more gathering outside or in a home and no house parties despite hotels and social businesses closing on Monday.

"If you are isolating because you are a positive case, go home and obey those rules ... that is a really, really important part of the control," Professor Murphy said.

But amid the new changes - such as no more than five to attend a wedding - schools around country SA will remain open .

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that giving up a year of a child's education was unnecessary.

"It is important kids get that education," he said.

Mr Morrison said that medical advice still stands and "kids can safely go to school".

The decision to keep school students home was left to the discretion of parents and caregivers.

In support is Premier Steven Marshall who also shared his views on Adelaide radio Tuesday morning.

He said that if everyone plays it safe "we will get through this 100 per cent".

To shut:

  • Beauticians, nail, massage and tattoo shops
  • Real Estate businesses, inspections and auctions
  • Amusement parks, public pools, arcades, play centres, both indoor and outdoor
  • Health/wellness centres which include pilates, yoga
  • Libraries, galleries, community and recreation centres

Open with restrictions:

  • Food courts in shopping centres - takeaway only
  • Hairdressers/barbers, must distance and 30 minutes per client
  • Bootcamps/PT limited to 10 people with social distancing
  • Weddings with only five people present (couple, celebrant, two witnesses
  • Funerals, no more than 10
  • Outdoor food markets to be addressed by each state

The public is reminded to stay home unless in need of groceries, medical supplies, care/support or to exercise and where possible work from home.

For more details, visit www.australia.gov.au.