On Wednesday July 28, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a four-week extension of Greater Sydney’s lockdown status, taking the current restrictions to at least Friday August 28.
The news came after another day of high case numbers. On Wednesday the state recorded 177 new locally acquired cases, of which 46 were infectious in the community. On Thursday July 29, the state recorded another record high of 239 new cases, with at least 70 infectious in the community.
Stay-at-home restrictions remain in place, however there are significant updates: a “singles bubble” is now permitted and shopping is limited to within 10 kilometres of your home – unless you live in one of eight high-risk local government areas.
Here’s a full breakdown of what you can and can’t do in Greater Sydney right now.
Can I leave home?
There are four essential reasons people are allowed to leave their homes:
• Shopping for food and other essential goods – now within 10 kilometres (or five kilometres in high-risk areas) of your home and only one person per household, per day may leave home to go shopping;
• Exercising – either alone or with one other person, also within 10 kilometres (or five kilometres in high-risk areas) of your home or local government area (LGA);
• Essential work or education where you cannot undertake work or education from home;
• Medical or compassionate needs, including getting a Covid-19 test or vaccination.
What if I live in a high-risk LGA?
There are currently eight local government areas considered high risk: Parramatta, Campbelltown, Georges River, Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Blacktown and Cumberland. If you live in one of these LGAs new rules apply: you must now wear a mask in every outdoor setting. You can leave your home for the four permitted reasons, with the exception that you must shop for food or essential goods within five kilometres of your home. You are only permitted to leave the area for work if you are considered an authorised worker. The advice is that you should not leave home unless it is absolutely essential. Essential activities include shopping for food and exercise within your LGA.
Can I meet up with a friend?
For the first time in NSW, a “singles bubble” has been introduced, meaning if you live by yourself you can nominate one person to visit you. It must be the same person for the duration of the lockdown, such as a family member or friend, and that person cannot be from one of the eight high-risk LGAs listed above.
Can I have visitors to my home?
Under the current restrictions, you cannot have visitors to your home if you live in Greater Sydney. If you live in regional NSW, visitors to households have been limited to five guests, including children.
See the full list of people who do not count as visitors and are allowed to enter your home for essential purposes.
Can I go to Ikea?
From today, the rules around shopping have changed. If you do not live in one of the eight LGAs of concern, you can shop within 10 kilometres of your home or within your LGA. Shopping is limited to buying essential items. If you do live in one of the eight LGAs mentioned above, you are limited to shopping within five kilometres of your home.
Most retail premises in Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) are closed to the public. Shops that remain open include supermarkets, garden centres, petrol stations, post offices and hardware stores. See the full list of businesses that can remain open. Browsing is not permitted. Click-and-collect and takeaway services are available (including at Ikea, so long as it is within your 10-kilometre radius). If you can opt for delivery, do.
Can I meet up with a buddy to exercise?
Yes, you can. If you live within one of the eight high-risk LGAs, you must wear a mask outdoors and you must exercise within five kilometres of your home. If you live outside the eight LGAs of concern, you can exercise outdoors within 10 kilometres of your home. You can also exercise with members of your household, so if three people live together you can do so as a trio. Carpooling is not allowed for people who do not live together.
Is my local pizza place still slinging?
Hospitality venues – including bars, restaurants and cafes – can open for takeaway only. Check out our live list for venues in Sydney offering takeaway. Shopping, including for takeaway food, is limited to within 10 kilometres of your home – unless you live in one of the eight LGAs of concern. If you live in one of the LGAs mentioned above, you can leave home to shop for food or essential goods within five kilometres of home.
Should I wear a mask?
Yes, absolutely. If you live in one of the eight LGAs mentioned above, you must now wear a face mask in all outdoor settings. If you live outside of these areas, you must wear a face mask in all indoor areas (except your home). This includes public transport, working at hospitality venues, and when working in an outdoor area. Face masks must be worn at outdoor areas of fresh-food markets such as Sydney Fish Market.
Do I need to carry my ID?
It’s a good idea to take it with you when you leave the house. In Greater Sydney you must carry proof of your address if you’ve left your home for one of the accepted reasons mentioned above – including when exercising. You must show proof of your address if asked by NSW police.
What else is new?
Construction work is back on the cards for sites with Covid-safe plans outside of the eight higher-risk LGAs. This starts from Saturday July 31. Tradespeople can also enter homes (outside the eight named LGAs) for work so long as there is no contact with residents.
Year 12 students will return to face-to-face learning from Monday August 16. All other school year groups will continue remote learning.
Stay up to date with the latest Covid news and updates at NSW Health.
This article was updated on Thursday July 29.