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Covid restrictions Sydney: 10km rule explained, new mask rules

New Covid-19 restrictions in NSW will come into force on Tuesday as the number of new infections continues to rise.

Strict new mask rules will come into force in Greater Sydney on Tuesday.

People in residential buildings will be required to wear a fitted face mask when they are in common indoor areas, NSW Health has announced.

Common areas include a shared foyer or lobby of an apartment block, lifts, stairwells and corridors and shared laundry facilities.

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Masks must be worn by anyone entering the building including residents and visitors, building managers, concierge staff and cleaners, people providing goods and services and people delivering food, mail and parcels.

People are not required to wear masks inside their own apartments.

The rules apply to people under stay at home orders in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

The new restrictions were introduced after 77 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 were detected in NSW.

There have been at least 566 locally acquired cases reported since 16 June 2021, when the first case in the Bondi cluster was reported.

It’s expected more than 100 new cases will be announced today.

NSW Health said the wearing of masks was already recommended but would become mandatory from Tuesday.

Stay at home order

The stay at home order, already in place, prevents people from leaving their homes except for certain reasons.

People have a “reasonable excuse” to leave home if they need to obtain food or other goods and services, travel for work or education if it is not possible to do it at home, exercise and take outdoor recreation in Greater Sydney and go out for medical or caring reasons, including obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination.

Shopping rules

NSW also recently introduced new rules for shopping.

Only 1 person per household may leave their home each day to shop for food or other goods and services.

People are allowed to take a dependent person with them if that person cannot be left unaccompanied.

They are advised to go directly to and from the shops to get what they need and must not “spend time looking at other things”.

Exercise and outdoor recreation 10km rule

People can exercise outdoors but they must follow the 10km rule.

They must stay within their local government area or within 10km of their homes.

People can exercise with 1 other person who is not from their household.

If there are more than 2 people in a household, they are allowed to exercise together.

If people are driving to outdoor exercise and recreation, they can only share a private vehicle with other people from their household.

People must carry proof of address and show it if asked by NSW Police.

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