Tougher lockdown restrictions announced for Sydney businesses, public
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.
From 12.01am Monday 16 August:
Maximum fines for COVID breaches by individuals will rise to $5,000. In Greater Sydney and other lockdown areas, the 10 kilometre rule will be reduced, with shopping, exercise and outdoor recreation to be done in a person’s local government area (LGA) or, if outside their LGA, within 5 kilometres of home. LGAs of concern must still exercise and shop within 5 kilometres from home only.
From 5pm Saturday 14 August to 12.01am Sunday 22 August, 2021:
Stay-at-home restrictions will be extended to all of NSW. The new order replaces any existing orders for regional NSW. All hospitality venues must be closed to the public except for takeaway and most other retail premises must also close. Employers must require all employees to work from home where practicable. Individuals are required to stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. For further information https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules
From 5pm 12 August, 2021 until 12.01am 28 August, 2021:
If you live in the Bayside, Burwood and Strathfield local government areas (LGAs) in Greater Sydney, stay-at-home orders apply. Residents cannot leave the local government area that you live in to go to work unless you are an authorised worker.
From 5pm 12 August, 2021 until 5pm Thursday 19 August 2021:
The ACT will enter a seven-day lockdown. For more information on the ACT lockdown, see covid19.act.gov.au
From 7pm 11 August, 2021 until 12.01am 19 August 2021:
If you live in the Bogan, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Narromine, Walgett and Warren local government areas (LGAs) stay-at-home orders will apply for seven days.
From 1pm 11 August, 2021 until 12.01am 19 August 2021:
If you live in the Dubbo LGA stay-at-home orders will apply for seven days, which includes Wellington, Wongarbon, Geurie, Brocklehurst, Stuart Town, Mumbil and Eumungerie. 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 LGAs, stay-at-home orders will apply. If you have visited the areas since 31 July, stay-at-home orders also apply.
From 6pm 9 August, 2021 until 12:01am August 17, 2021:
If you live in the Tamworth local government area stay-at-home orders will apply. If you have visited the areas since 5 August stay-at-home orders apply.
From 6pm 7 August, 2021 until 12:01am August 15, 2021:
If you live in the Armidale local government area stay-at-home orders will apply. If you have visited the areas since 29 July stay-at-home orders apply.
From 5pm August 5, 2021 until 12:01am August 20, 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.
From 11.59pm on Saturday, 17 July:
- 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.
- In addition to the stay-at-home rules, residents of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs cannot leave their LGA for work except for emergency services and healthcare workers (including aged and disability workers). Where those workers do need to leave their LGA for work, they are required to be tested every three days, even if they do not have symptoms;
- Anyone who leaves the home must have a mask with them at all times. They must be worn when you are working outdoors, in outdoor markets, outdoor shopping strips, and in an outdoor queues waiting for products such as coffee and food; and
- All carpooling to be stopped unless among members of the same household.
For the latest information, visit nsw.gov.au/covid-19
You can also read the full text of the Public Health Orders which implement the new restrictions.
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