By Sophia Phan
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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has introduced a slew of new restrictions after the Bondi cluster grew to 31 overnight.
The latest outbreak has also prompted some states to close their borders and New Zealand to pause quarantine-free travel with NSW.
“Clearly this is an evolving situation ... given what has occurred the NSW government will be taking action today to limit the spread of what is a very contagious COVID,” Ms Berejiklian said.
The Premier won’t rule out a future lockdown, but said she is confident “if we adhere to the health orders today, we will have a good chance on getting on top of this outbreak”.
The restrictions will affect Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, effective from 4pm Wednesday for one week.
So what are they?
- Households will be limited to five guests, including children;
- People must be seated at hospitality venues or events; drinking while standing is not permitted;
- The four square metre rule will be reintroduced at all indoor and outdoor settings, including weddings and funerals; and
- No dancing or singing at venues except for wedding dance floors, which are now restricted to 20 people.
Masks will be mandatory in all indoor non-residential settings, including workplaces, and at organised outdoor events;
- People attending outdoor events must wear a mask except while eating and drinking; and
- Masks must be worn on public transport
- Social distancing via green dots on public transport will be reintroduced; and
- Masks must be worn on public transport.
Physical recreation and sport
- Dance and gym classes will be limited to 20 people per class and participants must wear a mask.
- Travel will be restricted to the metropolitan area for residents who live or work in seven Sydney local government areas. These include Randwick, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West, City of Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra.
Victoria labelled seven NSW local government areas “red zones” on Tuesday night, meaning Victorian residents returning from those areas will have to obtain a permit and quarantine at home for 14 days. Non-Victorian residents are barred unless they obtain an exemption. The red zones are City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick. Wollongong has been listed as an “orange” zone.
Anyone who has been in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will not be able to enter Queensland without an exemption from 1am Thursday, June 24.
The hotspot declaration will not be backdated. It will apply to anyone that has been in the hotspot locations on or after 1am.
Those who can enter Queensland will need to complete 14 days quarantine in government arranged accommodation.
Western Australia has reintroduced its hard border with NSW, effective from 1pm AEST on Wednesday, Premier Mark McGowan has announced. Travel is no longer permitted without an exemption for residents of NSW. The change extends to those who’ve recently been in NSW.
Anyone arriving in WA from Wednesday will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Effective immediately, South Australia on Wednesday afternoon announced it would close its border to NSW.
People who have been in NSW in the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter South Australia unless granted an exemption.
Tasmania has labelled City of Sydney, Randwick, Inner West, Woollahra, Waverley, Canada Bay, and Bayside as “high risk” areas. Anyone who has been in these local government areas will not be allowed to enter the state unless granted an exemption. Tasmanians returning home who have been in any of these local government areas will be required to quarantine for 14 days at a “suitable premises”.
Greater Metropolitan Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong have been considered COVID-19 hotspots, which means you must undertake 14 days of quarantine in supervised accommodation at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities.
Australian Capital Territory
From 4pm Wednesday, anyone who enters the ACT who has been in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, Woollahra will be subject to stay at home orders. The orders will remain in place for at least a week. People have been advised not to travel between Greater Sydney and the ACT but anyone entering the territory will have to complete an online declaration form.
New Zealand has paused its travel bubble with NSW for at least 72 hours after an Australian who travelled from Sydney to Wellington over the weekend tested positive to COVID-19. The pause came into effect on Tuesday night and will be under constant review.