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South Australia introduces new Covid rules to deal with Omicron

South Australia will introduce new COVID rules for gyms and hospitality venues after recording 774 new cases in the last 24 hours.

On Sunday, Premier Steven Marshall said they needed to take “decisive action” to stop Omicron cases rising into the thousands.

There are 17 people in hospital with COVID in South Australia, which recorded a spike of more than 100 cases on Sunday after reaching 634 infections on Christmas Day.

“There are two sectors which are disproportionately hit by Omicron, those sectors being gyms and also the hospitality sector,” Mr Marshall said.

“So effective immediately we’re going to take to take decisive actions to make sure that we can protect South Australians and slow down the spread of Omicron so that we can get those booster shots into people’s arms.”

He announced that at midnight the density arrangement for gyms would be reduced to one per seven metres.

Indoor dining density limits will also be scaled back to one per four square metres, while it will be one per two square metres for outdoor dining.

Camera IconPeople are being asked to work from home where possible. NCA NewsWire / Emma Brasier Credit: News Corp Australia

“We still need everything to be seated consumption,” Mr Marshall said.

Mr Marshall said that South Australia was about two weeks behind NSW in its exposure to Omicron.

He noted that NSW had seen a spike of 70 people in hospital in the figures released on Boxing Day.

“We’ve got to make sure that we take action now like we have since day one,” he said.

Mr Marshall reminded people that from midnight the cap on the number of visitors allowed into homes would reduce from 30 to 10.

“We have a further restriction that we put in place, effective midnight tonight, for caps on home-based activities,” he said.

“We’ve taken that cap from 30 back down to 10.

“And we’re also strongly advising people, where they can work from home, to do so immediately.

“We’re saying to people this is a disease which can really only be transmitted from the number of people you meet.”

The testing requirement for interstate travellers to get a negative result 72 hours before arriving into South Australia will also be scrapped so people with symptoms are prioritised.

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