- New restrictions for Greater Sydney will apply from 4pm on Wednesday.
- It includes a 5 person limit on visitors to homes, and compulsory masks in all non-residential indoor settings.
“We don’t take these steps lightly and we never want to impose restrictions unless we absolutely have to,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a statement.
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New restrictions will apply to the Greater Sydney area from 4pm on Wednesday afternoon, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced, after the state reported 13 cases of COVID-19 overnight.
The figure is in addition 10 cases which were recorded up to 8pm yesterday.
NSW recorded 10 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, seven of which were already announced yesterday morning.
NSW Health has also been notified of 13 new locally acquired cases overnight. These cases will be included in tomorrow's numbers. pic.twitter.com/OFxWSq0ocb
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) June 23, 2021
The restrictions, which apply to Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Wollongong on Shellharbour, include a return to a 5-person limit on household guests and compulsory masks in all non-residential indoor settings – which includes workplaces.
All indoor and outdoor venues will return to the one person per four square metre rule, which includes weddings and funerals. Outdoor seated events will be reduced to 50% capacity. Gym and dance classes will be limited to 20 people per class.
Drinking while standing at indoor venues will be prohibited, and dancing will not be allowed at any indoor hospitality venues and events except weddings, will it be permitted only for the bridal party.
People who live or work in the seven designated COVID-affected local government areas are banned from travelling outside of metropolitan Sydney. The LGAs are City of Sydney, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West, Randwick and Waverley Council.
Previous public transport passenger limits will also be introduced.
“We don’t take these steps lightly and we never want to impose restrictions unless we absolutely have to,” Berejiklian said in a statement.
“We know the effect this will have on residents and venues, but we must take this action now to ensure we keep on top of this outbreak.”