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Sydney Covid Lockdown Restrictions: NSW Coronavirus Rules Explained | New South Wales



New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a two-week lockdown for greater Sydney, the central coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong which went into effect from 6 p.m. on Saturday June 26 until ‘at midnight on Friday July 9..

This replaces the lockdown already in place for those who live or whose usual place of work is in the councils of Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and City of Sydney.

Here’s what we know so far based on information provided by the NSW government.

Which companies can open in containment?

Food stores can only open for take-out. Supermarkets and grocery stores will be open for the duration of the lockdown. Entertainment facilities, such as theaters, cinemas, music halls, concert halls and dance halls and amusement centers, such as places to play billiards, billiards, pinball machines or video games are all closed.

See here for a complete list of open and closed businesses.

Can weddings take place?

Weddings can continue to take place in greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour until the end of June 27. Attending a wedding before the end of June 27 is a reasonable excuse to leave the house.

If you live, usually work, or usually attend a university or other higher education institution in the Sydney City, Waverley, Woollahra, and Randwick local government areas, you may leave these areas if the wedding is in the Greater Sydney and before the end. June 27, 2021.

The 10-person limit for outdoor gatherings does not apply to weddings before the end of June 27.

As of June 28, you will no longer be able to enter Greater Sydney to celebrate or attend a wedding or leave your place of residence to attend a wedding if you live, usually work, or usually attend a university or other institution of higher education in greater Sydney.

What about the funeral?

Funerals can continue to take place, including in closed areas, with 100 people or less. Attending a funeral is a reasonable excuse to leave the house.

Can I exercise?

Community sport (whether training or a match) in greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour, can only happen if it follows the rules concerning open-air public gatherings and premises which must be closed. This means that most community sports cannot take place in greater Sydney.

Exercise is permitted outdoors in groups of a maximum of 10 people.

Gladys Berejiklian said: “We appreciate the school holidays, it might be the only time people can gather outside and in groups of up to ten. In the areas we have described, in groups of no more than 10, you can gather outside for recreational exercise. And of course, when you’re outside in a group of ten, make sure you maintain a good social distance. “

Can I have visitors to my home?

If you are in Greater Sydney, you must abide by the rules for staying at the house. If you want to visit another person, you will need a reasonable excuse to move away from your place of residence. A visitor does not include a person at the place of residence there:

  • To work or attend a university or other higher education institution

  • For childcare

  • As a caregiver

  • Provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person

  • To give effect to arrangements between parents and children under the age of 18 or their siblings

  • To help a person change their place of residence

  • To avoid injury or serious risk of injury

  • Due to an emergency

  • For compassionate reasons

  • To view or inspect a property to rent or buy it

In the NSW area, household visitors were limited to just five guests – including children.

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What are the restrictions in reception and entertainment venues?

In greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, food shops can only open take-out. Entertainment facilities, such as theaters, cinemas, music halls, concert halls and dance halls and amusement centers, such as places to play billiards, billiards, pinball machines or games. video games are all closed.

Outside of greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong, the one person per 4 square meters rule has been reintroduced for all indoor and outdoor environments, including weddings and funerals. Berejiklian said people should not cancel their events, but should re-evaluate the number of participants.

Standing drinking is also prohibited in indoor venues, and outdoor seated events are limited to only 50% of seated capacity.

Singing by the public during indoor performances or by worshipers in indoor places of worship is also prohibited, and dancing is not permitted in indoor venues or nightclubs. However, dancing is allowed at weddings for the bridal party only (no more than 20 people).

Can I travel between states?

Residents of greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong cannot travel.

Other states and territories have closed their borders to parts of New South Wales. Each state and territory individually updates the travel rule guidelines:

What about public gatherings?

Outdoor public gatherings are limited to 10 people in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains and Wollongong. In these areas, you should not participate in an outdoor public gathering of more than 10 people, unless you are:

  • Work or attend a university or other higher education institution

  • Provide care or assistance to vulnerable people

  • Gathering with your household

  • Gathering for a wedding or a funeral

  • Emergency assistance to a person

  • Fulfill a legal obligation

  • Relocation or relocation of your business to new premises

See here for a list of exemptions from these rules.

Outside of confinement areas, up to 200 people can gather in an outdoor public place such as a park, reserve, beach, garden or public space.

Outdoor seated events are limited to 50% of the seated capacity.

What are the rules around masks?

The requirement to wear a face shield in all interior areas of non-residential premises which was recently enforced in greater Sydney has been extended to all of New South Wales.

In addition to wearing a face shield in all interior spaces, you should also wear a face shield:

  • At gatherings organized in the open air

  • If you are on public transport

  • In a large recreational facility such as a stadium or

  • If you work in a reception area

What other restrictions are in place for the regional NSW?

In addition to the new mask mandate, the following restrictions remain in place across NSW:

  • Dance and gym lessons limited to 20 per lesson (wearing a mask).

  • The old capacity limits for public transport, represented by green dots, will be reintroduced.

  • Nightclubs must always be Covid-safe, while weddings, funerals and memorial services must have and comply with a Covid-19 security plan.

  • When a religious service is celebrated in a public place of worship, locals must have and adhere to a COVID-19 security plan for a place of worship.

See the full list of what you can do in New South Wales on the NSW Health website

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  • Due to the unprecedented and continuing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is regularly updated to ensure it reflects the current situation as of the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this version or to previous versions of the article will be noted in accordance with Guardian’s editorial policy.



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