Mask wearing expanded in NSW as COVID cluster grows

New South Wales has recorded three new local COVID-19 cases, taking Sydney’s cluster to nine, as authorities expand mandatory mask-wearing.

The new cases are on top of a case involving a man in his 30s who had visited Westfield Bondi Junction that was announced yesterday.

One of the new cases is a close contact of that man who had also visited the shopping centre.


The other two cases have been recorded in the Sutherland area and are contacts of previous cases that had been in isolation.

More than 24,000 tests were carried out in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday but officials want more people to come forward.

Mask wearing will be expanded across more areas of Sydney in the wake of the increase in cases.

Masks will be mandatory indoors, in shops and for those working in hospitality across the Randwick, Bayside, Botany, Inner West, City of Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra local government areas.

They will also be compulsory on public transport in the Wollongong and Shellharbour areas on top of Greater Sydney.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian is so far resisting any tougher restrictions but warns she won’t hesitate if things worsen.

“The New South Wales Government, based on health advice, doesn’t like to impose anything unless we have to do. What we’ve asked people to do today is as far as we will go but I will say that if cases continue to emerge in the community, we will need to consider going further but I hope that isn’t the case,” The Premier said. 

Residents in the Brookyln area have also been placed on alert after traces of the virus were detected in the local sewerage system.

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