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Tougher lockdown restrictions announced for Sydney businesses

More retail premises will be required to close and a stricter lockdown for southwest Sydney from Sunday 18 July.

The NSW Government has announced further restrictions on business and the public, given the number of infectious COVID-19 Delta strain cases in the community.

More retail premises will be required to close and residents will be subject to a stricter lockdown.

  • Retail premises will be required to close (‘click and collect’, takeaway and home delivery can still operate), except the following can remain open:
  • Supermarkets and grocery stores (including butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stores, liquor stores and fishmongers);
  • Stores that predominantly sell health, medical, maternity and infant supplies;
  • Pharmacies and chemists;
  • Petrol stations;
  • Car hire;
  • Banks and financial institutions;
  • Hardware, nurseries and building supplies;
  • Agricultural and rural supplies;
  • Pet supplies;
  • Post offices and newsagents; and
  • Office supplies.

From 1pm 11 August, 2021:

If you live in the Dubbo Local Government Areas (LGA) stay-at-home orders will apply for seven days. If you have visited the areas since 1 August, stay-at-home orders also apply.

From 6pm 9 August, 2021 until 12:01am August 17, 2021:

If you live in the Byron Shire, Richmond Valley, Lismore and Ballina Shire Local Government Areas (LGAs), stay-at-home orders will apply. If you have visited the areas since 31 July, stay-at-home orders also apply.

From 5pm August 5, 2021 until 12:01am August 13, 2021:

If you live in the Hunter and Upper Hunter regions, stay-at-home orders will apply. LGAs under restriction are Newcastle, Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens and Singleton.

From Thursday 29 July 2021:

If you live in the Campbelltown, Georges River or Parramatta local government areas you cannot leave the local government area that you live in to go to work unless you are an authorised worker.

From Saturday 24 July 2021:

If you live in the Blacktown or Cumberland local government areas you cannot leave the local government area that you live in to go to work unless you are an authorised worker.

From 12.01am on Wednesday, 21 July:

  • Employers must allow employees to work from home if the employee is able to do so, failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $10,000.

All other restrictions currently in place across Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour will remain in place.

Restrictions in regional NSW remain unchanged.

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