SA lockdown puts the squeeze on business

Owen Inglis, owner of Adelaide Hills winery Sidewood Estate, estimates his business will lose about $200,000 in the seven-day lockdown ordered by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall to try to control a worrying COVID-19 outbreak of the fast-moving delta variant, AFR reports.

Mr Inglis understands the need for a lockdown but the timing could not have been worse from a business perspective with Sidewood, based near the entrance to the picturesque town of Hahndorf, gearing up for its busiest weekend of the year.

The state-wide lockdown, which has also shut down construction sites and schools, has triggered the cancellation of the “Winter Reds” wine festival across almost 80 sites in the Adelaide Hills.

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