The contentious 9pm to 5am curfew in Sydney's local government areas (LGAs) of concern will be lifted tonight, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced this morning. The curfew applied to 12 areas: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith. While case numbers appear to have stabilised in some of these areas, Berejiklian warned other restrictions they face – including getting tested for Covid-19 if working outside of the LGA, and limits on outdoor gatherings compared to other areas – will not be eased.
“The best advice we have, that it’s too early and too risky to do anything further today,” she said. “But as a token of our appreciation for reaching the 80 per cent milestone, given feedback from police, who suggest that compliance is improving in many areas where perhaps previously it was not, plus the health advice about mental health challenges and the risks of not providing people a little bit of relief, all of that was balanced up and has been balanced up over some time.”
Berejiklian also confirmed that, when the state begins to reopen once we hit a 70 per cent double-vaccinated rate, people who have not been vaccinated won't be able to “attend venues on the roadmap. You can’t go into a hospitality venue. You can’t go to ticketed events unless you are vaccinated.”