The South Australia Police said Wednesday that leaving the house to walk the dog or to exercise is prohibited under the state’s coronavirus restrictions.
The South Australian government instituted a six-day lockdown beginning midnight Wednesday after 22 confirmed cases were reported, according to the Guardian.
A woman questioned the police Wednesday over Twitter about lockdown specifics, asking, “for the sake of my stupid husband, who’s doing a #KarenFromBrighton moan, can you please broadcast very specific information about walking the dog.”
“Hi Andrea, You cannot leave the house to walk the dog or to exercise,” the South Australia Police responded.
Premier Steven Marshall said that South Australia needed a “circuit breaker” allowing for contract tracing, the Guardian reported.
“Our concern is that if we don’t have this circuit breaker … we will not stay ahead of this,” Marshall said Wednesday, the publication reported. “There is no second chance to stop a second wave. We are at a critical point but we will get through this.”
“Due to the high risk of onward transmission and the community, all of those suspected cases are going to be treated as infectious,” the state’s chief health officer, Prof Nicola Spurrier, said. “We want people, for the next six days, to go home, make sure they have got their supplies, and to really spend as much time in that one place as they possibly can, leaving just for essential food, essential medical requirements and the like.”