A pizza bar worker whose lie sparked South Australia's strict six-day lockdown will not yet be fined or charged for his 'selfish actions'.
Residents across the state were needlessly stuck in their homes for three days in Australia's strictest lockdown since the pandemic began began.
Health officials believed a customer at the Woodville Pizza Bar in Adelaide had contracted the virus from a pizza box from touched by an infected worker.
This led to fears that a super strain of the virus had been unleashed in the city and the state was thrown into one of the world's toughest lockdowns at midnight on Wednesday.
Police are seen patrolling outside the Woodville Pizza Bar in Adelaide on Friday afternoon after it came to light an infected employee lied to contact tracers
Health officials believed a customer at the Woodville Pizza Bar had contracted the deadly virus after it was transmitted via a pizza box from an infected worker
However, contact tracers discovered the customer had lied and that he had actually been working at the restaurant and in close contact with another positive case.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said although the employee's actions had an 'unbelievable impact' on South Australians, there was no penalty for lying.
'The emergency management act requires people to provide information on request. There is no penalty for failing to truthfully answer those questions,' he said.
However, Comissioner Stevens said a taskforce had been set up to investigate any alleged criminal activity before and after advice was given by SA Health in the lead up to the lockdown.
The Taskforce Protect will determine whether any other legislation had been breached in relation to the Woodville Pizza bar worker.
Police were seen patrolling outside the restaurant on Friday afternoon amid fears the shopfront would be vandalised as tensions reached boiling point.
Many took to the restaurant's Facebook page to post vile messages, some calling for those responsible to be charged.
'How utterly ashamed you should all be. Hope you sleep well at night knowing what you've done,' one wrote.
'You lied and caused the harshest lockdown the world has seen so far .. imagine that,' another said.
'Your the worst someone can get. I hope your business shuts down forever and never sells another pizza again. Burn in hell. You knew they lied so that makes you just as bad. Adelaide's lowest of lows,' commented another.
'I really hope you all get charged. You caused an entire state to go into lockdown. You should be ashamed of yourselves.'
The restaurant's Facebook page was inundated with abuse from Trolls on Friday
Contact tracers discovered that the customer – who also worked at a quarantine hotel - was in fact employed at Woodville Pizza Bar in Adelaide and worked closely with another positive case (pictured police patrol outside restaurant on Friday)
A woman in Adelaide is seen walking her dog on Friday after it was announced restrictions would be eased