COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, travel and shopping will be tightened across NSW as the state registers dozens of new cases.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed on Friday that the state had registered 44 cases within 24 hours to 8 p.m., 24 of which were partially or fully in the community.
“New South Wales faces the biggest challenge we have faced since the start of the pandemic and I am not saying it lightly,” she said.
Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, a number of new restrictions will take effect in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
The new restrictions
Outdoor public gatherings are limited to two people and there is no carpooling allowed between people from different households.
A travel radius limit will be brought in and people must stay in their LGAs or within 10 km of their homes for exercise and outdoor recreation.
Browsing in stores is prohibited and only one person per household can go. shopping for essential goods every day.
Funeral are also limited to 10 people in total.
“I apologize in advance to all these families who are going through such a difficult time, but unfortunately we have no choice,” said the Prime Minister.
Currently, outdoor exercise can be with a group of 10 people, but from 5 p.m. will be reduced to a maximum of two people.
This is not applicable if the people are members of the same household and they are allowed to exercise together.
The intimate arrangement of the bubble remains, and people can visit their partners if they do not live with them.
The four reasons for leaving home remain, which are shopping for food and essentials, medical care, two-person exercise and essential work.
“The strictest rule that everyone must follow is not to leave your home unless you absolutely have to,” said Berejiklian.
“Unless there is a drastic change, unless there is a dramatic turnaround in the numbers, I don’t see how we would be able to ease the restrictions by next Friday.”
Across Sydney, 439 locally acquired cases have been reported since June 16.
There are currently 43 COVID patients admitted to hospital, with 10 people in intensive care, four of whom require ventilation.
One of the ventilator patients includes a person in their twenties.