ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 20: South Australian Premier Steven Marshall announces restrictions being eased in South Australia after a lie given to contact tracers about the Woodville pizza bar sparked South Australia’s lockdown at the Daily COVID-19 update media conference on November 20, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Barnes/Getty Images)
UPDATED 7:18 PM PT – Friday, September 3, 2021
The state of South Australia is rolling out a government check-in app for at-home quarantine. The recently released app requires participants to send their geolocation and a face scan within 15 minutes of a government request.
The app, “Orwellian,” was introduced to allow South Australians to quarantine at home instead of a hotel, which has been the procedure thus far. A 14-day quarantine period has been mandated for all Australians traveling out of their state, while international travel is still largely forbidden.
The state’s premier, Steven Marshall, said the app is being tested in South Australia before being implemented throughout the whole country.
“The home quarantine app is for a selected cohort of returning South Australians who have applied to be a part of the trial,” said a government spokesperson. “If successful, it will help safely ease the burden of travel restrictions associated with the pandemic.”