NSW extends virus restrictions as pub cluster grows

The New South Wales government has announced further restrictions on venues and some events with officials on high alert about a potential outbreak across the state.

It comes as a cluster linked to the Crossroads Hotel grows to 42.

Restrictions on pubs will be extended to include clubs, restaurants, cafes and all indoor hospitality venues from next Friday.


Large venues will be limited to a maximum of 300 people with group bookings capped at 10 per group while customers must be seated.

Weddings and corporate events will be allowed a maximum of 150, while funerals and places of worship will be restricted to 100.

Outdoor gatherings and gatherings in homes will remain at a maximum of 20 people but health officials say people should consider only having 10.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the measures are being introduced to protect New South Wales.

“Based on what has happened in Victoria, based on the numbers that we are seeing in New South Wales and based on the great detective work our health officials are doing, we have to assume there is a level of community transmission and these measures will reduce the risk of that community transmission getting out of control,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This is all about keeping New South Wales open, this is all about making sure we allow people to have their livelihoods, to keep moving forward, but also importantly to reduce the risk.”

It comes as New South Wales recorded a further eight cases overnight, while there are now 42 people linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster.

Officials have identified 15 people who have tested positive after attending the hotel, while 27 other cases are contacts of those people.

An alert has also been issued for anyone who has visited Stockland Mall at Wetherill Park over the last two weeks after it was confirmed someone who has tested positive visited the shopping centre while infectious.

Anyone who was there is being urged to keep an eye out for symptoms and to isolate and get tested immediately if they occur.

“Our general message to everybody in New South Wales is that we are doing OK but we are on high alert, we are very concerned,” Ms Berejiklian said. 

“We are worried about any seeding that might have happened in Victoria, even a month or so ago that has been bubbling along beneath the surface.”

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