Tighter restrictions announced as NSW records 111 COVID-19 cases

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Gladys Berejiklian confirmed on Saturday morning that there were 111 new cases in NSW, with 29 cases being transmitted through the community.

Ms Berejiklian congratulated the state on almost 82,000 test results and following lockdown restrictions but warned the virus was still spreading.

“We’ve prevented thousands and thousands of people being exposed to the virus and been infected, but what we haven’t managed to do is really budge that stubborn number.

“I especially want to thank the residents of south-west Sydney who have been absolutely outstanding in relation to listening to our health advice. But unfortunately, the vast majority of cases around 80% or higher, is still in those three local government areas.”

Ms Berejiklian is asking everybody the local government areas of Fairfield, Canterbury Bankstown or Liverpool to stay in their their local government area.

“You cannot leave for work in those local government areas until July 30 at least, unless you are a health or emergency services worker and of course that includes aged care and disability care,” she said. “But unless you are providing health or emergency services care, you can only work in those communities in those exceptional circumstances.”

On the basis of updated health advice, the following changes come into effect across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour until 11.59pm on Friday, 30 July:

From 11.59pm on Saturday, 17 July:

Retail premises will be required to close (‘click and collect’, takeaway and home delivery can still operate), except the following can remain open:

o   Supermarkets and grocery stores (including butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, liquor stores and fishmongers);

o   Stores that predominantly sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies;

o   Pharmacies and chemists; 

o   Petrol stations;

o   Car hire;

o   Banks and financial institutions;

o   Hardware, nurseries and building supplies;

o   Agricultural and rural supplies;

o   Pet supplies;

o   Post offices and newsagents; and

o   Office supplies.

In addition to the stay-at-home rules, residents of Fairfield, Canterbury Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs cannot leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers (including aged and disability workers). Where those workers do need to leave their LGA for work, they are required to be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms;

  • Anyone who leaves the home must have a mask with them at all times. They must be worn when you are working outdoors, in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips, and in an outdoor queues waiting for products such as coffee and food; and
  • All carpooling to be stopped unless among members of the same household.

From 12.01am on Monday, 19 July:

  • All construction to be paused; and
  • Non-urgent maintenance, including cleaning services, and repair work on residential premises to be paused.

From 12.01am on Wednesday, 21 July:

  • Employers must allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so, failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $10,000.

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