While many Sydney residents were gritting their teeth this morning at the prospect of a Melbourne-style lockdown, it looks as though NSW Premier Gladys Berejeklian is opting for a less extreme approach.
Nevertheless, Premier Berejeklian stressed at this morning’s presser that those in Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Shellharbour must “abandon non-essential activities” and adhere to a bunch of new restrictions from 4pm AEST today.
The restrictions are: no more than five visitors at home (including children), hospitality venues limited to seated service, and a re-introduction of the one per four square metre rule. As for the theatrical among you – no singing or dancing! (Except at weddings where you’re allowed to have 20 people on the dance floor at any one time.)
The premier added that outdoor sporting events and outdoor concerts would be capped at a capacity of 50 percent and gym classes would be limited to 20 attendees. Face masks are required in both settings.
Gladys also announced that Sydney residents who live or work in one of the seven Local Government Areas (LGAs) – City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra – cannot travel outside of Metropolitan Sydney. "We are not putting any objections on you leaving the home for any purpose", Gladys explained, “but if you happen to live or work in those seven LGA is, we don't want you moving outside of Sydney.” She added: “We don't want spreading to our regions. We don't want spreading to holiday destinations within New South Wales, at regional New South Wales in particular. And I think the vast majority of the public understand that."
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Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @purpletank.