A handful of Australia’s most famous models jetted into Adelaide on Wednesday for a fashion show – only to be faced with the almost inevitable prospect of it being cancelled as South Australia enters a brutal, Melbourne-style lockdown.
The likes of Georgia Fowler, Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Samantha Harris flew into the city ahead of a virtual runway event for the retailer Pretty Little Thing, but learned within hours they were most likely all dressed up with nowhere to go.
That afternoon, South Australian Premier Steven Marshall announced a six-day, state-wide lockdown effective from midnight after two new coronavirus cases were recorded, taking the cluster in Adelaide to 22 infections.
Talk about bad timing: A handful of Australia’s most famous models, including Georgia Fowler (pictured), jetted into Adelaide on Wednesday for a fashion show – only to be faced with the almost inevitable prospect of it being cancelled as South Australia enters a brutal lockdown
Georgia, 28, Bambi, 29, and Samantha, 30, all wore face masks as they strolled through the airport carrying designer bags and waiting for their luggage.
The women seemed quite solemn as they touched down in South Australia, and were presumably worried about the virtual fashion show being cancelled.
The runway was scheduled for Thursday at Adelaide’s famous Lake Bumbunga, and was to be streamed worldwide on YouTube and Instagram as ‘the world’s longest socially distanced runway’.
Safety first: Bambi Northwood-Blyth wore a face mask as she strolled through the airport carrying a designer bag and waited for her luggage
Up in the air: The women seemed solemn as they touched down in SA, and were presumably worried about the virtual fashion show being cancelled. Pictured: Samantha Harris
Only 20 models were slated to walk the runway and no spectators were invited.
It is unclear if the show will still go ahead. Daily Mail Australia has contacted a representative for comment but has yet to receive a response.
In South Australia, residents not even allowed to exercise outdoors as the state desperately tries to control a new supercharged strain of coronavirus.
Masks will be mandatory, with only one person per household allowed to leave their home for groceries or medical treatment.
Schools will shut, while restaurants, cafés and pubs will close and even be banned from selling takeaway food.
Details: The models flew into the city ahead of a virtual runway event for the retailer Pretty Little Thing, but learned within hours they were most likely all dressed up with nowhere to go
Weddings will be halted and funerals stopped, while factories and the construction industry will stop work.
Elective surgery except for urgent operations and cancer treatment will be halted and aged care and disability residents will go into lockdown.
Regional travel is not allowed and all outdoor sport and physical activity is banned.
Premier Marshall said the restrictions will be ‘challenging’ for South Australians but are necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus.
‘We are at a critical point but we will get through this,’ he said.
‘We may be physically distanced but South Australians have never been more united. Together, we will get through this because South Australians are strong, resilient and united.’
There were five new infections reported on Tuesday, with four linked to an extended family in the Adelaide’s north and one under investigation.
SA Health issued an urgent health alert for diners at Woodville Pizza Bar overnight.
A returned traveller who arrived from overseas on November 2 has been confirmed as the source of a coronavirus cluster that is growing in Adelaide.
It’s also been confirmed that it spread into the community after a cleaner at the Peppers Hotel came in contact with the virus, most likely on a surface, and then infected members of her family.
Bad news: South Australian Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) announced on Wednesday the state would enter lockdown at midnight to combat a ‘particularly sneaky’ and ‘highly contagious’ strain of coronavirus
Panic buying begins: Shoppers flocked to the supermarket after six-day lockdown was announced on Wednesday
As a result, all those in quarantine at the hotel have been told they will be moved and are required to start their 14-day isolation period again.
‘We understand the frustration of the guests and we thank them for their assistance as we take every required step to prioritise the health and safety of all South Australians,’ SA Health said in a statement.
A student at Roma Mitchell Secondary College in Gepps Cross is among the fresh cases.
Roma Mitchell Secondary College announced on Tuesday the school would shut after a student contracted the virus.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S SIX DAY LOCKDOWN
- All schools except for children of essential workers and vulnerable children will be shut
- Takeaway food will be shut, universities will be closed
- Pubs, cafes, coffee shops and food courts will be closed
- Elective surgery except for urgent operations and cancer treatment will be closed
- Open inspections and auctions for real estate will be closed
- All outdoor sport and physical activity is banned
- 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 will be closed for six days
- Holiday homes will not be available for lease or rental
- Weddings and funerals will be banned for six days
- Outdoor sport is not permitted
- Masks will be required in all areas outside the home