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S. Australian police: ‘You cannot leave the house to walk the dog or to exercise’

The South Australian police are facing massive international backlash on social media after mandating that dog-walking and outdoor exercising are now prohibited under new coronavirus restrictions. On Wednesday, a South Australian woman asked the police whether she could take her dog for a walk under new restrictions in the state and was informed as follows via Twitter: “Hi Andrea, You cannot leave the house to walk the dog or to exercise.”

The new harsh restrictions were met on social media with derision and alarm. Everywhere from the U.S. to Germany chimed in and expressed shock and horror over the new rules. Everyone from dog-walkers who need to exercise and relieve their pets, to the families of those who have passed away are angry over the mandate. Despite stores remaining open, panic buying has also set in… especially at liquor stores

The surprise move has sparked divided views in the state, with businesses, pet owners, and funeral parlor operators worried about the fallout. Chief executive Martin Haese said he received more than 350 calls from concerned employers.

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“At what point do we call this Tyranny?” declared actor and comedian Rob Schneider, prompting Metro Station musician Mason Musso to reply, “Right now.”

South Australia is under a six-day lockdown that begins on Thursday. During that time period, only one person from a household will be allowed to leave home each day, and only for essential reasons, authorities said. Schools, universities, cafes, and restaurants are closed, weddings and funerals are banned and mask-wearing is mandatory.

“We want to go hard, go early, but get out of it as quickly as we can,” State Premier Steven Marshall said of the measures.

The restrictions are tougher than those put into place during Melbourne’s outbreak, however, people are only being encouraged rather than required to wear masks whenever they are outside their homes. They are not required to wear them inside.

Twenty-three people in the state capital of Adelaide were infected after a cleaner at a hotel used to quarantine people arriving from overseas was exposed to the virus, and health authorities say the “circuit breaker” measures are necessary to avoid a wider outbreak. They immediately declared an emergency.

Marshall stated the strain of the virus that’s circulating is “nasty” and that many of those infected are not showing any symptoms at all. He said it was highly likely to be transmitted from surfaces and that the incubation period was as low as 24 hours.

“It’s a real worry, especially because people who become infected are not showing the typical symptoms that we are used to,” he said.

South Australia has a population of 1.7 million people, who are spread out over a landmass five times the size of the U.K. They were allegedly able to largely eradicate community transmission of the virus after a nationwide lockdown earlier this year.

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