Additional restrictions have been announced for the lockdown by NSW Health on Sunday afternoon. NSW recorded 415 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday. There are 62 people with COVID-19 in intensive care.
NSW residents are reminded you must stay at home unless you have a reasonable excuse to leave. You cannot have visitors to your home outside your household, including family and friends,
You can have one visitor at one time to fulfil carers' responsibilities or provide care or assistance, or for compassionate reasons, including where two people are in a relationship but do not live together.
From midnight on Monday, August 16 the following restrictions apply:
- The 10 kilometre rule will be reduced for essential shopping and exercise to done inside your local government area or if outside your LGA within five kilometres of home.
- In LGAs of concern, where prescribed work is being carried out, there can only be five workers outside
- In LGAs of concern it will no longer be a reasonable excuse to leave your home to engage in outdoor recreation. You will only be allowed to exercise or supervise a child under 12 who is exercising or engaging in play
- There are new fines for providing false information to authorised contact tracers
There are new restrictions on leaving your place of residence and inspecting property or moving between residence. This will only be permitted for
- Regional NSW: People moving to a new place or between residence or inspecting property
- Greater Sydney: to move between a place of residence outside Greater Sydney but only if the move is for work and only the one person working moves, or the move is for urgent repairs or maintenance or animal welfare but only one person moves
- Greater Sydney: inspecting real estate outside of Great Sydney but only if there is a genuine intention to move and reside there or
- Supervising or facilitating a move
The rules relating to testing of workers, declared LGA areas and construction sites do not apply outside Greater Sydney.
In areas that were not locked down before 5pm Saturday, August 14, weddings and funerals can take place until the beginning of August 16. After that weddings are not permitted and funerals are subject to the 10 mourner limit.
For areas not in lockdown before 5pm Saturday, August 14, people can continue to stay in caravan parks and camping on a booking made before.
If you live in Greater Sydney you should not be travelling outside this area for COVID-19 vaccination. You must reduce all movement.
THERE have been another 415 cases of COVID reported in NSW to the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the figure, which is a drop on the previous day's figure of 466, on Sunday.
Four people have died in the latest reporting period, two women and two men, aged from their 50s to 80s.
There are also 62 COVID sufferers in intensive care at hospitals.
Of the 415 new cases, 35 were infectious while in the community and Ms Berejiklian said that figure was expected to rise as their circumstances were further investigated.
There have been 127,000 COVID tests done in NSW in the 24 hours to 8pm Saturday.
Ms Berejiklian also reported the state had no passed the five million mark for immunisation.
The state's chief health officer Kerry Chant said the case numbers remained disappointing and called for continued following of rules.
Dr Chant said she was very concerned at case numbers in western NSW around Dubbo and Walgett.
The Premier acknowledged the extra Pfizer vaccines that is being deployed to NSW from the federal government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Sunday Australia will be receiving one million more vaccines from Poland with most to go to NSW.
NSW recorded 466 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with the whole state then sent into a seven-day lockdown from 5pm.
The five reasons NSW residents can leave their home are:
- Obtain food and other goods locally
- For the purposes of work or education if it is not possible to do it at home
- Exercising locally
- Medical or caring reasons
- Obtaining a COVID-19 vaccination
- with AAP