Sydney lockdown extended for one month, new rules for LGAs of concern

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NSW has recorded 642 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.

There were four COVID-19 deaths in the reporting period.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the lockdown for Greater Sydney will be extended by an additional month.

However, this will not apply Shellharbour and the Central Coast, which will be classified as regional areas.

In one of the 12 local government areas (LGAs) under enhanced lockdown ordes, a curfew will be imposed for those residents for between 9:00pm and 5:00am.

The LGAs affected by the curfew are Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Strathfield.

From midnight Monday, August 30, NSW will also introduce a state-wide mandatory mask mandate for any person traveling outdoors unless the person is exercising.

NSW Police have also been granted additional powers to enforce the new curfew restrictions, including being able to designate a person to self-isolate for two weeks.

“If [police] find anyone outside and LGA of concern without a reasonable excuse, they will be given an infringement but in order to return home as well,” NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.

“If someone enters an LGA of concern without excuse, not only will they be fined, they will be sent home and they will have to self isolate for 14 days.”

More to come.

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