COVID – restrictions coming in for Hawkesbury from midnight
The Greater Sydney Region – which includes the Hawkesbury – will see restrictions on numbers of people allowed to gather from midnight in a bid to halt the spread of Covid currently seen in the Northern Beaches area.
So far, no new cases of Covid have been found outside of the Northern Beaches cluster.
People in the Hawkesbury are being urged by NSW Heath not to visit residential aged care facilities, disability services or vulnerable people unless it is critical. This advice will be re-assessed on Wednesday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed the restrictions coming in this evening will mean no more than 10 people can gather in a private home.
Rules for hospitality venues and places of worship will revert back from the two square metre rule to four square metres and there will also be a cap on those venues of 300 people.
Singing and chanting will also not be permitted – the Premier and Health Minister Brad Hazzard say those types of entertainment – obviously popular during the Christmas period – can more easily spread the virus.
Dance floors will not be allowed, apart from weddings when up to 20 people from the bridal party will be permitted.
The restrictions will be in place until the end of the Northern Beaches lockdown period on Wednesday at midnight and will then be reassessed.
Ms Berejiklian said NSW health authorities would advise the government on Wednesday what restrictions might be required beyond that day.
Ms Berejiklian said there had been 28,000 tests over the past 24 hours, up from 7531 in the previous period.
The Premier stressed that if you go out you should wear a mask, especially if going to shops for supplies, and masks should be worn on public transport. She also said there was no need to panic buy as supermarkets will stay open and operate as normal.