Lockdown restrictions have been extended to all of Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong from 6pm today.Premier Gladys Berejiklian said her hands had been tied by the escalating outbreak of the Delta variant after “putting everyone on notice” that a wider Sydney lockdown could be imposed earlier today.”We need to take to keep our citizens safe, and even though we don’t want to impose burdens unless we absolutely have to, unfortunately, this is a situation where we have to,” Ms Berejiklian said.”I said that this the scariest time since the pandemic started and that’s proven to be the case.”Q&A EXPLAINER:Sydney’s lockdown rulesEXPLAINER:Is my Sydney suburb in lockdown?
Twelve cases were previously unannounced.COVID-safe weddings can take place this weekend, but they will be banned from Monday.Funerals can still go ahead, the premier said.Ms Berejiklian said some restrictions would be imposed on parts of regional NSW not in lockdown.Those restrictions include no more than five visitors in your home, seated hospitality, one person per four square metre rule, 50 per cent capacity for outdoor events, indoor mask wearing and restrictions for funerals and weddings.The announcement comes after a crisis cabinet meeting about how the Delta variant can be contained.Ms Berejiklian said the reason for additional concern today was because exposure sites in Sydney had increased beyond the four LGAs currently in lockdown.A raft of new exposure sites were declared overnight, including across the Northern Beaches, North Shore and in western Sydney.READ MORE:One of Australia’s most iconic streets split in two by lockdown
NSW COVID RESTRICTIONS
Restrictions apply to Greater Sydney (including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong) until midnight Friday July 2 2021
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COVID LOCKDOWN STARTS
Everyone in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.
The reasons you may leave your home include:
• Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
• Medical care or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact);
• Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
• Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.
Community sport will not be permitted during this period. Weddings will not be permitted from 11.59pm, Sunday 27 June. Funerals will be limited to one person per four square metres with a cap of 100 people, and masks must be worn indoors.
In all other parts of NSW, the following restrictions will apply:
• People who have been in the Greater Sydney region (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong) on or after June 21 should follow the stay-at-home orders for a period of 14 days after they left Greater Sydney.
• Visitors to households will be limited to 5 guests – including children;
• Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
• Drinking while standing at indoor venues will not be allowed;
• Singing by audiences and choirs at indoor venues or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed;
• Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings for the wedding party only (no more than 20 people);
• Dance and gym classes limited to 20 per class (masks must be worn);
• The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals;
• Outdoor seated, ticketed events will be limited to 50 per cent seated capacity;
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REGIONAL NSW RESTRICTIONS
FACE MASKSCompulsory in all indoor venues unless eating , including work places and public transportVISITORSNo more than five people in a home at any one, including childrenHOSPITALITYMust be consumed seatedSINGING/DANCINGNot permitted in any venues or religious ceremonies
WEDDINGS: 20 people max. on the dancefloor at any one time (bridal party only)SOCIAL DISTANCINGOne person per four square metre rule applies for all indoor and outdoor settingsOUTDOOR SEATED EVENTSEvents such as sport limited to 50% capacity. Masks requiredPUBLIC TRANSPORTMasks required at all times and people must adhere to capacity limits with the green dot system
More than a million Sydneysiders went into lockdown just before midnight, because of the growing Bondi COVID cluster.Strict stay at home orders apply in four LGAs for at least a week, including City of Sydney and Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick in the city’s east.NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said only 12 of today’s 29 cases were in isolation during their infectious periods, including food delivery drivers at a new workplace outbreak in Sydney’s inner-west.Twenty-eight of the 29 cases are linked to known cases, Dr Chant said, with one mystery case.
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