Gladys Berejiklian has announced new restrictions for the entire state as Sydney heads into a two-week lockdown.
Parts of NSW will go into a two-week lockdown until midnight on July 9 to stem the state’s latest outbreak.
From 6pm today, all of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast and Wollongong will go into a lockdown with stay-at-home orders.
The new rules mean residents will be able to:
• To purchase essential goods
• Work or education that must be undertaken outside of the home
• To seek medical attention, which includes getting a Covid test
• Outdoor exercise
• Care or compassionate grounds
“In the regions that we’ve outlined, in no more than groups of 10, you’re able to gather outside for the recreational exercise,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian outlined on Saturday afternoon.
“When you are outdoors in groups of 10, make sure that you maintain a good social distance and follow the health instructions.”
Ms Berejiklian said she would not cancel weddings over the weekend, but imposed a ban from Monday.
“Weddings will still be able to proceed tomorrow. Obviously today and tomorrow it both lacks compassion and not fair to cancel weddings. Today and tomorrow, Covid-safe weddings can take place, but from Monday, for the duration of the lockdown, weddings can’t take place,” she said.
Funerals can still take place but will be limited to one person per four square metres with a cap of 100 people, and masks must be worn indoors.
What happens to the rest of NSW?
Ms Berejiklian said regional NSW, which is currently not in lockdown, will have to undergo restrictions that have been in place for broader Sydney since the recent cluster.
• No more than five visitors in your home.
• All hospitality has to be seated – one person per four square metre rule.
• Only a 50 per cent capacity for outdoor events.
• Indoor mask wearing and restrictions in relation to funerals and weddings.
“So for those parts of New South Wales that aren’t in lockdown, restrictions still apply because we want to make sure that if there have been any occasions where people unknowingly have taken the virus outside into the regions, that we don’t have any spread in those regions,” she said.
NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said the restrictions were crucial to stop the spread from the city to regional communities.
“It is important that we do not seed our regional communities,” Dr Chant said. “So anyone who has been in Sydney, Greater Sydney from June 21, we‘re asking you to stay at home for 14 days since you’ve left that area.”
Ms Berejiklian also implored nobody to stress about their financial situation, assuring the NSW Government would provide support.
“I also want to foreshadow that nobody should feel stressed about their financial situation. Obviously, there are provisions for us and we will, as a state Government in the next few days, we‘ll be announcing support to businesses and also the Federal Government support to household kicks in at a certain time,” she said.
“And obviously, that will kick in. So nobody should feel stressed or pressure to break any of the rules because of their financial situation. The New South Wales Government will be there to support businesses and, of course, the Commonwealth support to households kicks in as well.”