The whole of New South Wales is now waking to strict lockdown conditions, as the state struggles to contain the worsening Delta outbreak.
Of the 466 new cases reported in yesterday’s update, 26 of those were diagnosed out in the regional area of Dubbo.
Authorities remain confident that regional hospitals are prepared to manage more cases, however, a strict lockdown was swiftly called for the whole state.
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It’s hoped that if the virus can at least be stamped out in the regions, that perhaps the Sydney outbreak can remain contained to the city.
Sydney residents now have to have a permit to enter the regions, while harsh fines have been introduced for those caught doing the wrong thing.
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500 additional defence force officers are being deployed to help enforce the rules.
The Tweed region up on the NSW border is also caught out with Queensland’s harsh border restrictions, with the definition of ‘essential work’ limited to healthcare, freight and emergency reasons.
Those restrictions are in place for a week but could be extended depending on how regional areas handle the outbreak.
Advice from NSW Health, issued yesterday, includes the following rules:
Everyone must stay at home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave. They also cannot have visitors in their home from outside their household, including family and friends.
People still 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.
All hospitality venues must be closed to the public, including pubs, restaurants and cafes, except for takeaway.
Retail premises are required to close except for:
- supermarkets and grocery shops,
- shops that predominantly sell food or drinks eg butchers, bakeries, fruit shops and delicatessens, but does not include restaurants or cafes.
- chemists and pharmacies,
- shops that predominately sell office supplies, pet supplies, newspapers, magazines and stationery, alcohol, maternity and baby supplies, medical or pharmaceutical supplies
- food and drink premises, but only to sell takeaway
- cellar door premises, but only to sell takeaway
- hardware and building supplies
- landscaping material supplies
- rural supplies
- timber yards
- garden centres and plant nurseries,
- vehicle hire premises, not including the premises at which vehicles are sold,
- shops that predominately carry out mobile phone repairs.
Service stations, banks, post offices, laundromats and drycleaners can remain open.
For more information, visit the NSW Health website here.