- New restrictions will come into effect from 5pm this evening for residents of greater Sydney as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed one new locally transmitted case of COVID-19 in the state overnight.
- The measures will apply to the Greater Sydney area including the Central Coast and Illawarra.
- No more than 20 people will be allowed to gather in a household and masks will be compulsory for the next three days in all indoor venues.
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Greater Sydney will return to COVID-19 restrictions from 5pm today, following a second recorded locally transmitted case of the virus overnight.
The restrictions will be in place for three days until Monday at midnight.
At a press conference held at 11am on Thursday, the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian reported that the state had recorded one new local case.
A man from Sydney’s eastern suburbs tested positive on Wednesday morning.
The Premier said the man’s wife has now also tested positive.
NSW recorded two new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Nine new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night. pic.twitter.com/NNSY540DJH
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) May 6, 2021
Berejiklian said the precautionary measures by the New South Wales Government were based on health advice would be enforceable from 5pm on Thursday.
The measures cover the Greater Sydney area, including the Central Coast and Illawarra.
Anyone outside of those areas may continue business as usual, Berejiklian said at the press conference.
From 5pm, no more than 20 people will be allowed into a home.
“We know that transmission in the family home is a high risk,” Berejiklian said.
“I appreciate that it’s Mother’s Day but we also appreciate that 20 people within the home is manageable for people to celebrate that important day.”
There will be no singing or dancing in indoor venues, including places of worship and entertainment venues.
The exception will be weddings, where the government has recommended that only 20 people at a time be on the dance floor.
Outside of weddings, there’s no singing in congregations and no dancing apart from performers in a show.
Mask-wearing at indoor places will be compulsory for the next three days, including public transport and the supermarket.
Any indoor event will require compulsory mask wearing in addition to hospitality workers.
Berejiklian said the measures have been taken keeping in mind the money venues may have already invested into Mother’s Day celebrations over the weekend.
“As you know, we’ve not affected the number of people that can be at a venue. We’ve not touched the square metre rule or anything like that.” she said, adding “we believe this is a proportionate response to the risk ahead of us.”
“As a precaution we’re saying if you’re catching public transport, if you’re at an indoor venue, please ware a mask. Aged care workers, it’s only two visitors and mask-wearing to protect the vulnerable.”
“We recommend if you’re in a position to be able to adopt these changes from now, from upon hearing of them and learning of them, please make sure you do that,” Berejiklian said.
“We’ve been careful not to impact unnecessarily businesses and others who might have already made arrangements over the weekend but we ask citizens and workers to be extra cautious and adopt compulsory mask-wearing.”