COVID Australia: Everything you need to know about the latest New South Wales restrictions 

New restrictions for Greater Sydney including mandatory mask wearing and limits on household guests have been announced after NSW recorded 13 new Covid cases on Wednesday.

The new rules affect residents from Metropolitan Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Central Coast.

From 4pm on Wednesday, household gatherings will be limited to five visitors and masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings including workplaces.

Drinking while standing at indoor venues will also be banned once again and those who live and work in seven hotspot suburbs will not be allowed to leave metropolitan Sydney unless they have an essential reason. 

Gym classes will be limited to 20 people per class, and masks must be worn. 

Health officials had found 10 local cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday night - nine of which had already been announced. Pictured: Bondi Beach Drive-through COVID-19 Clinic

Health officials had found 10 local cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday night – nine of which had already been announced. Pictured: Bondi Beach Drive-through COVID-19 Clinic

NEW COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FOR GREATER SYDNEY 

From 4pm Wednesday for one week:

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 at indoor shows 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 bridal 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 events will be limited to 50% seated capacity;

Previous public transport capacity limits, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced

 

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The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals

The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals

The one person per four square metre rule will be re-introduced for all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals. 

Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however it will be permitted at weddings for the bridal party with no more than 20 people. 

Ms Berejiklian said health officials had found 10 local cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday night – nine of which had already been announced.

Since that cut-off though, she said an additional 13 infections had been found in the community – eight of whom were at the same party.

Residents from the City of Sydney, Woolhara, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick local government areas cannot travel outside Sydney unless visiting a relative in care or going to work. 

Ms Berejiklian said she wouldn't rule out bringing in further restrictions or going into hard lockdown

Ms Berejiklian said she wouldn’t rule out bringing in further restrictions or going into hard lockdown

Gym classes will be limited to 20 people per class, and masks must be worn

Gym classes will be limited to 20 people per class, and masks must be worn

‘We apologise in advance that this impact some people’s ability to travel during the school holidays but these measures mean you have to go further at this stage,’ she said.

‘We’re not saying you cannot leave your home for any reason in metropolitan Sydney, you can.

‘We are not putting any objections on you leaving the home for any purpose, but if you happen to live or work in those seven LGA is, we don’t want you moving outside of Sydney.’ 

Ms Berejiklian said she wouldn’t rule out bringing in further restrictions or going into hard lockdown. 

‘We certainly didn’t expect this situation a few days ago,’ she said.

‘But that is what it means, responding to a pandemic means you look at the facts, you look at the response, you look at where spread is or isn’t occurred in and you are accordingly. 

‘I am not ruling out any further action, but I am also confident that if we adhere to the health orders today, we will have a good chance of getting on top of this outbreak.’

Residents from the City of Sydney, Woolhara, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick local government areas cannot travel outside Sydney unless visiting a relative in care or going to work

Residents from the City of Sydney, Woolhara, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick local government areas cannot travel outside Sydney unless visiting a relative in care or going to work

From 4pm on Wednesday, household gatherings will be limited to five visitors and masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings including workplaces

From 4pm on Wednesday, household gatherings will be limited to five visitors and masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings including workplaces

Queensland earlier on Wednesday morning slammed its borders shut to people travelling from Sydney’s hotspots after the coronavirus outbreak in Bondi Junction skyrocketed to 21 cases on Tuesday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed in a press conference on Wednesday morning that anyone who had been in the seven Sydney councils designated as high-risk will be forced to enter hotel quarantine from 1am Thursday.

Those areas include the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick – about 782,000 residents.

‘We cannot afford to have this Delta variant out in the community,’ Palaszczuk said as the state recorded another case transmitted in hotel quarantine.

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