UPDATE 2.25pm, 26/6/21: NSW Premier Gladys Berejeklian has now ordered a Sydney-wide lockdown – expanding from the four LGAs to include all of Greater Sydney – and has extended the lockdown from its original one week to two weeks. Sydney will now be in lockdown until 11.59pm on Friday July 9. "The best health advice today is that [lockdown] should be for two weeks," Gladys said at the press conference minutes ago. "But if there is any massive improvement ahead of that time, of course, we'll evaluate that," she said. More on the enforced restrictions here.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejeklian has just announced that lockdown or stay-at-home orders would be put in place for the vast majority of Sydney residents: namely, those who live or work in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and the City of Sydney.
The premier announced that the orders would be in place for a week.
“If You live or work in these Local Government Areas, you need to stay at home unless absolutely necessary,” the premier announced at a press conference this morning according to ABC News.
Those necessary reasons include the following: work (if you can't do so from home), education (if you can’t get educated at home), exercise (though not in groups larger than 10), providing care or compassion to a relative, or shopping for essential goods and services. Thankfully, there is no curfew in place.
The premier stressed that the stay-at-home orders don’t just apply to those who live in these four LGAs, but also those who have worked there.
Ms Berejeklian added that the tightened restrictions took effect on Wednesday this week (get across them here) would also be extended for one week, and are to remain in place to at least midnight on Friday 2 July. Those restrictions apply to folks who live or work in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Shellharbour.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @purpletank.