Covid-19 SA: State offers cash for isolating

Some residents forced to isolate after being at a Covid-19 exposure site can get their hands on a one-off $300 payment.

South Australian residents who are required to quarantine after getting Covid-19 tested and don’t have access to paid leave or other income support can now get their hands on a $300 payment.

The state government reinstated its one-off Covid-19 cluster isolation payments as SA continued its lockdown due to the growing Modbury cluster.

Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink said the government understood the tough seven-day restrictions were “challenging “ for many people, particularly casual workers, sole traders and others unable to earn their usual income.

She said the payments would be welcomed by South Australians who were not eligible for the federal government’s Covid-19 disaster payments, which were opened when metropolitan Adelaide was declared a national hotspot.

“If you’ve missed a shift or cancelled a client booking because you were required to isolate while awaiting test results, you may be eligible for this payment,” Ms Lensink said.

To be eligible, a person must have visited one of the exposure sites during the listed times since July 17, have taken a Covid-19 test and been required to self-isolate pending the test result.

They must also have been scheduled to work during the period of self-isolation, have no access to paid leave or other income support, be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and over the age of 17.

Visit the www.covid-19.sa.gov.au website or call (08) 8226 2500 for more information.

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