An Australian state has banned dog walking, funerals, and outdoor exercise in a strict lockdowns to combat a COVID-19 outbreak.
South Australia on Wednesday declared a six-day lockdown that will keep people largely confined to their homes — with the exception of one family member per household each day who can leave for essential reasons such as for buying groceries, Australian outlet ABC News reported.
“We need this circuit breaker, this community pause,” South Australian Premier Steven Marshall told reporters.
“We are going hard and we are going early. Time is of the essence and we must act swiftly and decisively.”
The new restrictions will shut down schools, universities, cafes and restaurants, in addition to preventing weddings and funerals, the outlet reported.
Sharon Muscet, a funeral director in the state’s capital city of Adelaide, said she was planning a memorial with a grieving family when they learned of the shutdowns.
“They were shocked, once it set in. They became