South Australia underwent a six-day total lockdown starting Thursday that banned residents from even walking their dogs or exercising outdoors.
The harsh lockdown, which allowed only one member of the household permission to leave the residence per day for “essential” activity, has since been somewhat relaxed after officials blamed a single pizza shop worker for allegedly being untruthful to contact tracers.
The severe lockdown garnered attention in the United States on Thursday when the official Twitter account for South Australia Police told a woman she was not allowed to leave her home to walk her dog or exercise. The tweet has since been deleted.
“Hey [South Australia Police],” a woman named Andrea said, “for the sake of my stupid husband, who’s doing a #KarenFromBrighton moan, can you please broadcast very specific information about walking the dog. #lockdown.”
In the now-deleted tweet, the police responded: “Hi Andrea, You cannot leave the house to walk the dog or to exercise.”