• Tony Bosworth


From 6pm all of Greater Sydney - that includes the Hawkesbury will go into lockdown and there will be stay at home orders in force for two weeks until Friday 9July.

It means all of us have to stay home unless

Work outside the home

Education outside the home

Need to seek medical attention

Care and compassionate grounds

Purchase goods and services.

This variant [Delta variant] at least double the contagion level - so much easier to get - than the standard Covid, says Premier Berejiklian.

Employees should work at home whenever possible. We all need to stop moving around unless we absolutely have to, says the Health Minister.

"Wear your masks over your nose and mouth," says Minister. He adds, don't go for wander round shopping centres, just get your items and return home.

There is no need to panic buy, all the shops will be open, there is no curfew, says Gladys Berejiklian.

We need to brace for further cases, says the Premier.

"Concerns we have at the moment are very high," says Health Minister Hazzard.

Here's some more info we've just had clarified about the lockdown specifics:

  • Weddings are permitted up until 11.59pm, this Sunday as long as they follow Covid-safe spacing rules. From Monday, weddings will not be permitted.

  • Funerals limited to one person per four square metres with a maximum of 100 people, and masks must be worn indoors.

  • Community sport will not be permitted during the lockdown period.

  • Childcare can remain open.

  • There is no curfew on leaving your home for an essential reason, and there is no kilometre radius restricting travel for essential reasons.

  • Retail stores can open over the lockdown period, but they must fit the essential goods and services description, because residents are only allowed to go to retail stores to acquire essential goods and services. Those do include bottle shops, pet shops, for example, and of course food retailers.

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