More restrictions will be implemented in New South Wales as the state continues to deal with its latest COVID-19 outbreak.
Yesterday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed that residents across all of Greater Sydney – including Penrith – would be required to wear masks at indoor venues.
But case numbers have increased again today, prompting further restrictions.
NSW recorded 10 new cases to 8pm last night, but 13 new cases overnight.
From 4pm today, only five visitors – including children – will be allowed into households.
Drinking standing up will also be banned in an effort to stop mingling at hospitality venues and events. Singing or dancing is also off, though 20 people are allowed on the dance floor at weddings.
Hospitality venues will also need to move to the 4sqm rule.
Stadiums will be reduced to 50 per cent capacity.
Gym classes will be reduced to 20 people but attendees must wear a mask.
For the first time during the pandemic, NSW will also require people to wear masks in their workplaces.
The restrictions will be in place until next Thursday night.
“We don’t take these steps lightly and we never want to impose restrictions unless we absolutely have to,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We know the effect this will have on residents and venues but we must take this action now to ensure we keep on top of this outbreak.”
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 15 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.