Mask mandate extended to all of Greater Sydney as Bondi COVID-19 cluster rises to 21

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Ten new local COVID-19 cases have been recorded in NSW as the Bondi cluster grows to 21.

Officials said there were five new cases recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm. Two had already been reported yesterday.

Seven of the infections were detected outside of the reporting period and will be included in tomorrow’s figures.

Of those seven cases, six were household contacts of previous cases who have been in isolation. The seventh case is a child who attends a primary school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

A total of 28,645 tests were completed in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday.

The Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre continues to be the main area of concern for health authorities.

NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has extended the mask mandate.

Mask mandate extended to all of Greater Sydney:

Following today’s spike in COVID-19 cases, NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has announced the mandatory mask mandate will apply to all of Greater Sydney, valid from 12:01am Thursday morning.

“We will extend it to all of Greater Sydney. That means excluding the Central Coast and excluding the Hunter, but also they will be required to adhere to that compulsory mask wearing indoors for hospitality workers when we are going shopping, going grocery shopping, going to events inside,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“It is only when you are eating or drinking indoors at a venue that you can’t or shouldn’t wear a mask. In every other circumstance, if you live or are in Sydney, you must wear a mask for another week beyond Wednesday midnights.”

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