NSW has announced new restrictions. Photo by Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images
NSW has imposed tough new restrictions in the greater Sydney area as local coronavirus infections continue to rise.
The Delta variant of the virus has proven to be a difficult challenge for authorities, and Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the current restrictions are not enough to stop the spread.
From Friday 5 p.m. the following new rules apply:
- No more than two people gathering outside, including for training
- Do not travel outside of your own county or more than 6 miles from home to play sports or relax outdoors
- No carpooling with people outside the household.
However, if the entire group is from the same household, the group doing the outdoor activity can be larger than two.
The following rule applies from Sunday:
- No more than 10 people in total for funerals.
NSW has imposed tough new restrictions in the greater Sydney area as local coronavirus infections continue to rise. Image: Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images
Ms. Berejiklian also made it clear that only one person from each household can buy essential goods.
The rest of the rules will be the same, including those in the regional NSW.
This means that people who live in the greater Sydney area, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong can only leave their homes until at least one minute before midnight, Friday July 16, for four reasons:
- For important work or education where you cannot work or study from home
- Exercise outdoors in groups of two or less
- Medical care or compassionate needs. (People can leave the house to get the Covid-19 vaccine unless they have been identified as a close contact.)
- Shopping for essential goods and services.
No one is allowed to visit another person’s home until the ban is lifted.
Ms. Berejiklian signaled that the lockdown would be extended if the number of people who were positive in the community were not reduced to zero by then.
That announcement came after the state reported 44 new cases in the community, including 29 that were contagious in the community.
Ms. Berejiklian said there doesn’t necessarily have to be a complete lack of positive cases for the lockdown to be lifted, just that there couldn’t be people who would have risked passing them on to others.
“Please don’t think that the NSW government thinks we can live with our vaccination rate as low as 9 percent,” she said.
“Because if we choose to live with it while vaccination rates are 9 percent, we will see thousands upon thousands of hospitalizations and deaths.”
Ms. Berejiklian said the new burial rule in particular was “heartbreaking”.
“I apologize in advance to all of the families who are going through such a difficult time, but unfortunately we have no other choice,” she said.
Anton Nilsson reports on NSW’s policy, which is located in the state assembly and News Corp. headquarters on Holt Street. He started out as a local freelance reporter in New York before returning to his native Sweden, where he … Read more
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