The state was plunged into lockdown at midnight on Wednesday after an unexpected explosion of coronavirus cases, having gone three months with no new infections.
Under the rules, which have been described as ‘the strictest in the world’, outdoor exercise is banned and masks are mandatory.
One man filmed as he made his way home following the announcement, noticing a large line of traffic backed up along the road.
Residents flocked to supermarkets after South Australia was plunged into lockdown (pictured, queues outside a supermarket on Wednesday afternoon)
Passengers wait for a Qantas flight to Canberra at Adelaide Airport after the announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon (pictured at the airport)
In his post to Reddit, he wrote: ‘Honestly thought this was the line up for testing’.
But on closer inspection he realised it was actually a queue to the bottle shop.
The man and his passenger can be heard laughing in the clip.
He captioned the clip: ’10/10 for priorities.’
Schools and universities will shut, while restaurants, cafes and pubs will close and will even be banned from selling takeaway food.
People will only be allowed to leave their homes once each day to buy groceries or to seek a COVID-19 test or other medical treatment.
Supermarkets, petrol stations, medical centres, critical infrastructure, public transport, airport and freight services, banks, post offices, school and childcare for essential workers and veterinary services will be allowed to stay open.
A motorist has filmed himself driving past what he thought was an enormous line of cars (pictured) waiting at a coronavirus testing clinic in South Australia. But the queue of traffic was actually punters waiting to stock up on alcohol ahead of the six-day lockdown
Adelaide residents have started panic-buying in supermarkets after Premier Steven Marshall announced a six-day coronavirus lockdown (pictured, people line up outside Coles at Plympton on Wednesday)
As lockdown was announced at about 1pm, Woolworths and Coles stores rapidly filled up with long queues as residents stocked up on food and supplies (pictured on Wednesday in Kurralta Park)
What will remain open:
- Supermarkets will remain open to provide access to food and essential product
- Medical including mental health, supplies, access to services will be available
- Public transport will be open
- The airport and freight services including courier services will be able to operate
- Petrol stations, access to financial institutions and post offices will be able to be accessed
- Mining, smelting and large factories will also be able to remain open but only those parts of the facilities that will need to operate to ensure continuity of service delivery or to prevent damage to the plant
- Childcare will be available only for families of essential workers
- Veterinary surgeons will be able to remain open
- Agriculture will be able to move about to ensure the safety and welfare and processing of animals, and the production of dairy and other agricultural services
- End of life services will also be available through organised arrangements
Thousands of people continued to flock to testing stations on Wednesday after 5000 tests were conducted on Monday and a record 9659 on Tuesday (pictured, a sign warning of three hour testing queues at Daw Park)
Many other residents flooded supermarkets to stock up on supplies, despite the stores remaining open throughout the lockdown.
Queues of customers were seen waiting with trolleys filled with food on Wednesday afternoon.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens told South Australians there was no need for panic buying despite shelves already running bare.
WHAT WILL CLOSE:
Universities and all schools except for children of essential workers and vulnerable children
Pubs, cafes, coffee shops, food courts and takeaway food
Elective surgery except for urgent operations and cancer treatment
Open inspections and auctions for real estate
All outdoor sport and physical activity
Regional travel is not approved
Aged care and disability residential care will be an lockdown
Factories other than food and medical products will be closed except for where it is necessary for them to remain open to prevent damage to machinery
The construction industry
Holiday homes will not be available for lease or rental
Weddings and funerals
Masks will be required in all areas outside the home
Only one person per household once a day is allowed to access groceries
‘There is no need for people to rush to supermarkets and if you do go shopping this afternoon, you should expect that you will be managed by staff at the supermarkets and we will have police officers on standby to attend if we see any civil disorder and we would take action,’ he said.
On Tuesday, Coles brought back its buying limits on toilet paper after panic buyers stripped the stores bare.
Customers will now be limited to just two packs per person from Tuesday as the supermarket giant struggles to keep up with demand.
Similar limits are also in place in Costco.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the six-day period would be followed by another eight days of continuing restrictions.
The outbreak was sparked by a woman who worked as a cleaner in the Peppers Hotel, one of Adelaide’s quarantine facilities, who may have picked up the virus from a surface and then infected other family members
Genetic testing has linked her case back to a traveller who returned from Britain on November 2.
Chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said there were worrying signs about the spread of the virus through the community, with information suggesting the particular strain had a short incubation period.
‘Clearly, if it’s reintroduced to the community it takes off very quickly,’ Professor Spurrier said.
‘That’s exactly what happened in Victoria. I don’t want that to happen in South Australia and I’m going to do everything possible to make sure that doesn’t happen.
‘I would really like to not have any further cases here, but I think it’s inevitable that we will.
‘But I want all of those chains of transmission to stop.’
Panic-buying erupts across South Australia as the state goes into covid lockdown with fears supermarkets could run out of stock
BY CHARLIE MOORE FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
As it was announced at about 1pm, Woolworths and Coles stores rapidly filled up with long queues as residents stocked up on food and supplies.
South Australia police chief Grant Stevens said panic buying was not necessary but admitted he expected it to happen.
Shoppers stocked up on food at as soon as the announcement was made. Pictured: Woolworths at Cumberland Park, Adelaide
Lines of shoppers desperate to stock up were seen outside several stores around the South Australian capital. Pictured: Woolworths at Cumberland Park, Adelaide
Adelaide residents have started panic-buying in supermarkets after Premier Steven Marshall announced a six-day coronavirus lockdown
He has put police on ‘stand-by’ to deal with any ‘civil disorder’ at stores.
‘I don’t think people will listen and I do think people will flood the supermarkets,’ he said.
‘If you are going shopping, think about other people, treat each other with respect and kindness, we are all in the same boat and think of those who are working on the supermarkets, doing it tough and they will be inundated over the next few days and if we have to take action to protect those people, then we will do so.’
Premier Marshall urged residents not to panic buy, saying: ‘There is no point going off to the supermarket this afternoon.
‘Supermarkets and the supply lines will be remaining open.’
Woolworths and Coles stores rapidly filled up with long queues as residents stocked up on food and supplies. Pictured: Empty shelves in Adelaide