Restrictions back in Sydney as COVID cluster explodes

Sydney’s COVID outbreak has ballooned with a further 30 local cases reported in the last 24 hours as the government reintroduces some restrictions for the whole city.

Officials have confirmed that 28 of those cases have been linked to the northern beaches cluster.

The remaining two are still under investigation but are also believed to be connected to the cluster as they are also northern beaches residents.


“The one positive is we still have not seen evidence of massive seeding outside the Northern Beaches community and our aim, of course, is to keep that in place,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Sunday.

“Can I firstly thank everybody on the Northern Beaches for respecting and cooperating with the public health orders. We appreciate the support of the Northern Beaches community, your patience and understanding.”

The northern beaches remains in lock down while restrictions will be imposed for residents in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains and Central Coast.

Households will be restricted to a maximum of 10 people in their homes until midnight or Wednesday.

All indoor venues including hospitality venues and places of worship will revert back to the one person per four square metre rule.

They will also be limited to a total capacity of 300.

Dancing will again be limited to just 20 people at weddings only while singing and chanting in indoor venues is also banned.

The Premier says a decision on restrictions for Christmas will be made on Wednesday.

“I think this is the last thing any of us wanted this time of the year but, as we know, we are in a pandemic and all of us must make changes.

“We are all in this together and I am confident we will get through this as long as we all stick together and stick to the advice provided.”

More to come.