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SA considers tougher Queensland rules

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South Australians in Queensland have been urged to consider returning as soon as possible as the Sunshine State continues to battle a COVID-19 outbreak.

With southeast Queensland in lockdown, SA residents are still allowed to return provided they spend 14 days in home quarantine.

But Premier Steven Marshall says that may change in the coming days and local residents may face tougher restrictions including the need to seek a special exemption to return.

"People need to be thinking now about whether they should be staying in Queensland or coming back," the premier said on Monday.

SA's transition committee has also resolved to ease some local coronavirus restrictions from Thursday including a change to a general density requirement of one person to every two square metres.

Sports competition can also resume but SA will keep its mask-wearing rules for high-risk settings, high schools and most public places, including shopping centres.

Family gatherings will continue to be limited to 10 people and weddings at funerals will stay at 50 people.

The changes come after SA stared down its own cluster of 21 COVID-19 infections, sparked two weeks ago after a man returned from Argentina and tested positive.

Mr Marshall said it was still possible for more cases to emerge but SA was in a much different position than it was when the outbreak emerged.

He said that was the result of SA's decision to "go hard and go early" with a week-long statewide lockdown.

"We are still concerned. Yes, it has been 14 days. But If we have missed any cases in South Australia we would be picking them up around about now," the premier said.

"So we really do need to be a little bit careful these next couple of days."

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Photo: South Australia Premier Steven Marshall (AAP Image/Pool, Naomi Jellicoe)

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