NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian issued the following statement about extending the restrictions announced earlier in the week (see below) and the new restrictions.
Restrictions Applying 25 June 2021
In addition, following updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, stay-at-home orders are being introduced for at least one week for those who live in, or whose usual place of work is in, Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and City of Sydney Councils.
Due to the risk associated with an increasing number of exposure venues where transmission has occurred, from 11.59 pm tonight until at least 11.59 pm on Friday 2 July, residents of, or people whose usual place of work is in, the four LGAs 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;
- Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer;
- Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home.
We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, however we need to take these steps now to get on top of this outbreak.
People should only enter the four LGAs for essential purposes.
As previously stated, if you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential reasons.
Residents across greater Sydney should also limit unnecessary activity and avoid large gatherings in the coming days and comply with the current restrictions.
As of 6.00 pm on Friday 25th June 2021, the relevant public health order to impose the above restrictions has not yet been published, however, an NSW Health spokesperson said if your partner/flatmate works in the City of Sydney or one of the other three affected local government areas, the stay at home orders does not apply to you. The reason is that you are only considered a casual contact. Casual contacts don’t have to be in isolation but must get tested if any symptoms.
The City of Sydney suburbs include:
Alternatively, scroll down to find the full list of suburbs affected by the lockdown COVID-19 restrictions.
City of Sydney Council
- Centennial Park
- Dawes Point
- Elizabeth Bay
- Forest Lodge
- Millers Point
- Moore Park
- Potts Point
- Rushcutters Bay
- St Peters
- Surry Hills
- The Rocks
Source: City of Sydney
If you have any symptoms (sore throat, temperature, loss of smell/taste, headache, runny nose etc.), please get tested. Please read our article on testing here, where we have listed the testing centres closest to Lane Cove and the quickest turnaround times.
Restrictions 23 June 2021
To protect the people of NSW from the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the below restrictions will be extended to at least midnight on Friday 2 July.
Following updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant about the growing risk to the community, the following restrictions will be introduced for Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour;
- 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;
These restrictions are designed to reduce the risk of further community transmission.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said we are once again asking the community to do what they do best and follow the health advice to get on top of this outbreak.
“We don’t take these steps lightly, and we never want to impose restrictions unless we absolutely have to,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“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.”
Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant urged the community to play their part in controlling the COVID spread.
“We need really high testing rates to make sure we’re stopping any chains of transmission, and we’re continuing to urge people to come forward for testing, especially if you were in Westfield Bondi Junction (including the car park) at any time between 12 June and 18 June,” Dr Chant said.
People should only enter the four LGAs for essential purposes. Residents across Greater Sydney should also limit unnecessary activity and avoid large gatherings in the coming days and comply with the current restrictions. Rules and restrictions can be found at the NSW Dept of Health COVID-19 web page (but as of 6pm on 25th June 2021 they have not updated the page to include the restrictions announced today).
Travelling Restrictions if you Live in Work in 7 LGA Areas
If you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential travel.
The above not apply to a person who has not been in any of the local government areas during the previous 14 days.
NSW Police Update on investigation into actions of limousine driver
We have sent the case for urgent outside legal advice and have done that due to the significance of this outbreak and the community concern.
We need to tick every box in terms of making sure whether he has or hasn’t definitively breached the Public Health Orders.
The Public Health Orders that were struck in December last year were appropriate.
The reality is that we are now seeing up to 40 cargo planes landing a day.
It’s still a police operation and we’re running it, so we need to take responsibility for that, the victories and the failures at the same time.
NSW Police Message to the community
Everyone needs to follow the rules; we have taken a fair approach in terms of writing tickets throughout the COVID pandemic.
But in the last 24 hours, we have ramped up enforcement and seven people have been issued Penalty Infringement Notices for not wearing masks and the number of cautions has dropped dramatically.
The Traffic and Highway Patrol Command will be patrolling the outskirts of the Greater Sydney area and if you are outside of that when you are not meant to be, then you’ll be given a ticket. The maximum penalty of which can be up to $11,000 for individuals and $50,000 for corporations.
This is a difficult time for everyone, but we’ve got to listen to the Premier, follow her messages and the advice of NSW Health.
Masks will be compulsory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events. You must wear them when you are indoors except in your own home and outdoor settings.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said that people need to use QR codes and wear masks when required.
“We will be increasing supervision and compliance checks to make sure everyone is doing the right thing,” Mr Hazzard said.
“This pandemic is far from over, and we all have to do our bit to protect the community.”
The government and health experts will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updated information and advice.
Story Espresso Has Reopened
You may be aware that one of Story Espresso staff was told that by one of their staff that they were considered a close contact of a COVID19 case.
Story Espresso has advised that all their staff members have tested negative.
The staff member may not even be a close contact as the friend who tested positive may have picked it up on a Monday and not the weekend when the Story Espresso staff saw her. They will be closed for two days as a precaution. They did this even though the advice from NSW Health was that they did not have to close.
Please see the notice below that was posted on 23rd June 2021 by Story Espresso.
A contact of a confirmed case worked there on Tuesday between 8.30 and 12.30 pm. The staff member was contacted and asked to get a test and isolate.
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