COVID update – no current cases in Hawkesbury but Sydney-wide restrictions being considered
There are currently no Covid cases in the Hawkesbury but speaking just now, Premier Gladys Berejiklian says people in the northern beaches from 5pm today will only be able to leave home if it is for essential purposes such as for work, for compassionate grounds, for exercise or to go shopping.
The rules will be in place until midnight Wednesday.
For the rest of Sydney, the premier asks people to abandon non-essential activity, but flags more restrictions could be brought in, depending on the health advice provided later today.
The Premier says any new restrictions imposed on greater Sydney would not be as strong as those being imposed on the northern beaches, but she calls on people in Sydney not to go out unless they have to.
“Please, please, do not go out tonight or the next few days unless you really have to. Please don’t leave your home unless you have to,” she says.
“If we need to, we may very well revert back to what we had previous to the last couple of weeks where restrictions were eased from four square metres to two square metres.
“So they are the things we will be considering and looking out and consulting with the relevant people today but it will be based on health advice.”
Now, not in our area, but just so you know – there could be potentially hundreds of people exposed to the virus in Avalon on the Northern Beaches, says NSW Health this morning.
A known case of COVID-19 attended Anytime Fitness on Avalon Parade in Avalon over several days while infectious. A number of people who attended this gym will be identified as close contacts and will be required to isolate for 14 days.
NSW Health is calling on the several hundred people who attended the gym to take urgent action, get tested and isolate immediately until further advice is provided by NSW Health.
The days were:
• • Saturday 12 December
• • Friday 11 December
• • Tuesday 8 December
• • Monday 7 December
• • Sunday 6 December
Anytime Fitness Avalon is closed until further notice and is undergoing cleaning.
Contact tracing and investigations are underway.
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant says there were 12,374 tests recorded to 8pm last night, and the cases are predominantly linked to the Avalon Bowlo and the Avalon RSL.