Sydney lockdown extended, curfew introduced as COVID crisis continues

Greater Sydney’s lockdown will be extended until the end of September while a curfew will be introduced in 12 local government areas of concern.

It comes after New South Wales recorded 642 new cases of COVID-19 and a further four deaths.

At least 41 of the new cases were infectious in the community.


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New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejklian has confirmed the Greater Sydney lockdown will continue however, the Central Coast and Shellharbour will be excluded.

Those two regions will now be classed as regional, with that lockdown currently due to end on August 28.

Tough new restrictions are being introduced in the 12 LGAs of concern in Sydney from Monday, including a 9pm to 5am curfew.

Masks must be worn outside at all times while outdoor exercise will be limited to one hour a day while garden, hardware and office supply businesses will be forced to close and only operate a ‘click and collect’ service.

Childcare and disability workers in those LGAs must also have at least one dose of a COVID vaccine by August 30.

“We know how stressful and difficult this is and so many people are doing their best but unfortunately numbers continue to grow in those same communities,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We are throwing everything at this and doing everything we can and now it is time to bunker down and I cannot stress this enough.

“It is time for all of us to bunker down and take this as seriously as we can all that so many of us, the vast majority of us, have. This is it, we’re doing everything we can to reduce case numbers and to get those vaccination rates up”

New South Wales saw 132,000 vaccines administered on Thursday taking the state’s total to 5.6 million.

54 per cent of the population has now had one dose of a COVID vaccine while 29 per cent fully vaccinated.

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