South African businesses have already lost as the state endured its first six-day closing date.
Pubs, cafes and gyms are among the businesses most affected by the new COVID-19 stamps.
At the Havelock Hotel in Adelaide, as in many other facilities, staff members were told they were no longer working.
“A few of them are a little disturbed,” said manager Michael Hanlan.
“Obviously some of them have to pay rent, they have debts to pay.”
He said this would be the busiest time of the year at the bar.
Kicco Café owner Rocky Mastrullo in Adelaide said he too was confused.
“We have the stock that we brought as everything has already been ruined,” he said. “I don’t know who I’m going to work for, I don’t know what will happen after that.”
Gyms also grind to a halt, where thousands of people in general will be flocking to get fit and healthy before the summer.
“We’re focused on reducing $ 20,000- $ 40,000,” said North Adelaide Fitness Center owner Aaron Ramsay.
South Australian hotels have also been attacked by senior councilors, many of whom lost hundreds of bookings.
Rydges in the city were supposed to be more than 80 percent full next week before the closure – now, it will be only 10 percent.
“Billions of dollars have been lost in the industry,” said Ian Horne of the Australian Hotels Association.
Construction workers have also been forced to leave the project at a time of great need.
To reduce this impact, travel vouchers for the Great State that were due to expire in December will now extend until March.
“I find out why this is happening, it’s just ridiculous,” Mr Hanlan said.
“I want to go back to the bar.”