New Covid-19 restrictions will come in force in Greater Sydney from 5pm on Thursday May 6 until 12.01am on Monday May 10 after two community transmission cases were recorded. That includes a man in his fifties from the eastern suburbs who tested positive on Wednesday morning and his wife who tested positive overnight.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the three-day restrictions will help reduce the risk of a super-spreading event. “These measures are proportionate to the risk and will help reduce further cases of community transmission,” she says.
“To allow our health authorities to do their excellent work it is critical the community continues to keep their physical distance, get tested with even the mildest of symptoms and importantly continues to use the Service NSW app to check into venues.”
The NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chan says there are approximately 10 close contacts and, apart from his wife, all nine tests have come back negative. While it’s unknown how the 50-year-old man acquired the virus (as he hasn’t been overseas or connected to a quarantine facility), Chant says the current outbreak is made up of an Indian variant of Covid-19 that has come from the US.
Though the restrictions aren’t mandatory till this afternoon, Berejiklian has recommended residents start implementing them straight away. These are the new restrictions:
• Masks will once again be mandatory in indoor settings such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged-care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff (except in a hospitality venue when eating or drinking).
• Visitors to households will be limited to 20 guests – including children.
• Drinking while standing up at indoor venues will not be allowed.
• Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed.
• Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs, but dancing is allowed at weddings with a strong recommendation that no more than 20 people should be on the dancefloor at any one time.
• Visitors to aged-care facilities will be limited to two people.