The NSW government has announced it will extend the current lockdown in Greater Sydney until the end of September in response to the growing COVID-19 outbreak in the region.
In addition to the four-week extension of stay-at-home orders, new rules are being introduced targeting the local government areas (LGAs) of concern, where the vast majority of new cases of the highly infectious Delta variant are emerging.
Among the tighter restrictions being introduced for the Greater Sydney LGAs of concern from Monday is a curfew from 9pm to 5am (except for authorised workers, emergencies or medical care) to help reduce the movement of young people.
And for all of Greater Sydney (including regional NSW until 28 August), mask-wearing will be mandatory for residents when outside their home, except when exercising.
Earlier this week, stay‑at-home orders in place for regional NSW were extended until 28 August 2021.
A permit system for some travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW will take effect from tomorrow. However, taking a holiday to a second residence is being considered a reasonable excuse to leave home.
As a result of NSW’s updated public health order and permit, Greater Sydney will no longer include Shellharbour and the Central Coast.
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