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Sydney businesses brace for at least two more weeks of lockdown

The NSW Government has extended current stay-home orders for all people in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour and regional NSW, for at least another two weeks, from 6pm on Saturday 26 June until 11:59pm on Friday, 30 July.

Lockdown has been extended in Greater Sydney in accordance with health advice around the growing risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community.

Restrictions for Greater Sydney:

  • People must stay in their Local Government Area or within 10kms of their home for exercise and outdoor recreation
  • Outdoor gatherings is limited to two people (excluding members of the same household)
  • No carpooling between non-household members who are travelling to a place for exercise or outdoor recreation is allowed
  • Only one person per household, per day may leave the home for shopping where reasonably practicable. Browsing in shops is prohibited.
  • A person over 18 who is leaving Greater Sydney or leaving their home for exercise or outdoor recreation must carry evidence showing their address
  • Indoor and outdoor funerals in Greater Sydney will be limited to 10 people in total
  • You may only leave Greater Sydney to attend a funeral if you are an immediate family member of the deceased
  • Masks are required in indoor common property areas of residential premises, such as lifts and lobbies of apartment blocks.

Essential reason to leave home for Greater Sydney:

Everyone in Greater Sydney must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason.

The essential reasons for leaving the home include:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services;
  • Providing medical care, assistance or compassionate needs (people can leave home to have a COVID-19 vaccination unless you have been identified as a close contact);
  • Exercise with no more than two and within your LGA (unless members of the same household).;
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home
  • Travelling for the purposes of attending childcare, including picking up or dropping another person at childcare
  • Travelling for the purposes of facilitating attendance at a school or other educational institution if the person attending the school or institution cannot learn from the person’s place of residence
  • Moving to a new place of residence including a business moving to new premises, or between different places of residence of the person, or inspecting a potential new place of residence
  • Accessing public services, whether provided by Government, a private provider or a non-Government organisation, including social services, employment services, domestic violence services, and mental health services

Learning will be online for schools and students in Greater Sydney from Tuesday, 13 July and  will continue for an additional two weeks. Schools will remain open for students who need them and no child will be turned away from school.

Most workplaces and businesses are affected by the new restrictions. Some business premises have been specifically directed to close (though some exceptions apply, including for those providing takeaway food, education and childcare). A full list of premises required to close and the exceptions can be found at Places that are closed.

 

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