• Annemarie Taylor

COVID update – Premier calls for mask wearing - and no Hawkesbury residents to visit aged-care



An additional 10 locally-acquired cases of Covid have been registered in the last 24 hours, but none are in the Hawkesbury, and while Premier Gladys Berejiklian is calling on people to wear masks if they go outdoors, it is not yet mandatory.


“Can I stress again, if you’re in an indoor place, if you’re going grocery shopping, if you’re in a place of worship, you have to wear a mask, you should be wearing a mask,” said Ms Berejiklian just now (11.20am).


“But obviously in outdoor settings, if you can’t guarantee social distancing, if you can’t guarantee all the other factors which make it Covid-safe, you should also make sure you’re wearing a mask.


“You shouldn’t be catching public transport really at this stage if you’re not wearing a mask, and we want to strongly continue to encourage that.

“The last thing we want is to welcome in 2021 with a super spreading event.”

Restrictions for today – New Year’s Eve – mean no more than five visitors to a single home, no more than 30 people gathering at an outdoor event, and slight tweaking of the aged care conditions.

“The advice for aged care facilities has been updated,” say NSW Health. “All residential aged care facilities in the Greater Sydney area (including Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong, and the Hawkesbury) must exclude visitors, except those performing essential caring functions, until at least 11.59pm on Wednesday 6 January 2021.


“For the same period, no visitors from Greater Sydney [including the Hawkesbury] are permitted to visit residents in regional residential aged care facilities. There are no restrictions on people from regional NSW visiting residents in regional facilities.”

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